Marc and I have done a few shows like this, and it’s always a lot of fun to join him. But this time, it was just the two of us, and we decided to zero in on something that is near and dear to both of our hearts: synthesizer music! We play some records, talk about our favorite acts, and then we jam out in the second hour to an ELP song!
All that, and more, in this two-hour block of radio that must be heard to be believed.
10:01 AM Suicide Ghost Rider Suicide Mute, a BMG Company
10:07 AM Pere Ubu Non-Alignment Pact The Modern Dance Fire Records
10:10 AM Silver Apples You and I Contact 2011 Start Entertainments Limited
10:14 AM Devo Snowball (backing track) Freedom of Choice
10:17 AM Devo Uncontrollable Urge Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
10:17 AM Kraftwerk Spacelab Die Mensch-Maschine
10:22 AM Neil Young Computer Age Trans 1983 Geffen
10:26 AM The Stranglers Waltzinblack (The Gospel According To) The Meninblack
10:29 AM Space Ponch Barefoot In Baltimore World Shopping With Space Ponch Flavour of Sound
10:34 AM A Flock of Seagulls Iran Best
10:36 AM Gary Numan Cars The Pleasure Principle 1979 Beggars Banquet
10:46 AM George Harrison Under the Mersey Wall Electronic Sound UMC
10:47 AM Röyksopp Eple Melody A.M. 2006 PIAS/Wall Of Sound Electronic
10:50 AM Roger Powell Ictus: The Primordial Pulse Cosmic Furnace 1973 Warner Music Group – X5 Music Group Electronic
10:53 AM Tonto’s Expanding Head Band Cybernaut Zero Time 2012 ODL
10:56 AM Dick Hyman The Minotaur What is a Synthesizer?
11:03 AM Belle and Sebastian Electronic Renaissance Tigermilk MatadorUS
11:10 AM The Moog Cookbook Black Hole Sun The Moog Cookbook
11:19 AM Emerson Lake and Palmer Lucky Man Marc Time Mix
11:19 AM Pilot 55 Degrees North 3 Degrees West Second Flight Parlophone
11:19 AM Cluster Rote Riki Zuckerzeit 1974 Vertigo Berlin
11:21 AM Ralph Lundsten Robbie Is Dancing the Waltz – Heaven By Night In Ralph Lundsten’s Universe Andromeda Music
11:25 AM Morton Subotnick The Wild Bull, Pt. B Morton Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon – The Wild Bull 2011 wergo Electronic
11:31 AM Terry Riley A Rainbow in Curved Air, Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air 1969 Sony Classical
11:31 AM Bruce Haack and Miss Nelson Abracadabra Listen Compute
11:33 AM Grimes Genesis Visions 2012 Electronic
11:39 AM Imogen Heap Between Sheets Ellipse 2009 RCA Records Label
11:42 AM Lucifer Rite of Aida Black Mass
11:47 AM Bonzo Dog Band Noises for the Leg A Dog’s Life – The Albums 1967- 1972 EMI UKUK
11:47 AM Walter Carlos Timesteps Clockwork Orange OST
11:54 AM Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Evening Star 2019 Discipline Global
11:56AM Gong Master Bulder You 1974 Virgin Records Electronic
Join myself and A Moment’s Sound (Scott Eave / Zen Guitar), as we day Derrida’s 101 Course on the history of America’s roads.
We also enjoy some new music, and jam out live for all of the second hour. It’s an incredibly excellent show of new and fun performances and music, and we hope that you can sit back and follow along with the our guest lecturer.
Derrida’s Plea To America About It’s Highway System (w/ A Moment’s Sound, LIVE!)
Part I: Chase Scene
01.) Meat March * Mr. Bacon and The Meat Parade * Come Join The Meat Parade * Archie McPhee Recordings (2013)
02.) Floating Landscape (including Chase Scene) * Derryl Parsons * Switched-On Eugene * Numero Group (2018)
03.) Live * Whirlynn * We Grind People Up and Put Them in the Radio * Forever Escaping Boredom (2019)
Part II: Thunk
04.) Thunk * Dylan Houser * Thunk * Inner Deamons Sausageification (2017)
05.) [Black Ashes \ Beyond Time] * Don Haugen * Black Ashes \ Beyond Time * humanmonster.com (2016)
Part III: Sonic Meditations
06.) Realm of Chance * Chris Phinney & Jim Barker * Electronic Cottage Compilation 5 — Chance Encounters * Electronic Cottage (2019)
07.) Sleep * Tim Maloney * Bad Star * Naked Rabbit (2001)
08.) Celestial Realms * Drunjus * Celestial Realms * Sonic Meditations (2010)
09.) LIVE Performance * A Moment’s Sound & Mini Mutations * 19 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
10.) Transition * Mini-Mutations * 23 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
11.) LIVE Performance 2 * A Moment’s Sound & Mini Mutations * 19 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It’s always a pleasure to have Four Dimensional Nightmare on the program. We usually don’t talk. We usually get straight to business. And while we can talk about shows and bands for hours, we are often all business, which is cool. But this time we did something new, something we’ve never done in the almost 10+ years that we’ve known each other: this time, we played together!
Hour 1 is a long DJ set and we get things going, but in hour two, join us for a full blows Four Dimensional Nightmare, with Mini-Mutations lending support! Podcasting listeners will enjoy a rare Mini-Mutations jam that just goes on and on… as we listen to nature drone.
This one is a lot of fun. We hope you spend as much time with it as we did.
Another Four Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE!
Part I: …And A Half
01.) Intro * Mini-Mutations * 20 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Limbadji Toko * Fatala * The Big Bang * Ellipsis Arts… (1994)
03.) White Web * Daona * The Secret Assembly * Faustus Records (2019)
04.) Beta Dollhouse * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Crystallized Carbon * Four Dimensional Nightmare Music (2018)
05.) [track 4] * Tim Maloney * Kometka * Naked Rabbit (2014)
06.) Thirteen Billion Years And A Half * Thollem and Andy Kaufman * Always Put On Your Sincere Face * Personal Archives (2016)
07.) Walking Through The Jungle * Fate vs. Free Will Turn Signals * Gug * Fate Signals Records (1989)
Part II: Future-Vision
08.) Crawl Inside My Puch * Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble * Taxidermy Frogs Copulating * Butte County Free Music Society (2018)
08.) Chance Encounter In Colorado * Dan Jackson & Josh Boutwell * Electronic Cottage Compilation 5 — Chance Encounters * Electronic Cottage (2019)
10.) N.O.U. Future-Vision Hypothesis * The Nation of Ulysses * Plays Pretty For Baby * Dischord Records (1992)
11.) Id Ego * Bishop of Battle * Prequel Plus * Know Wave Records (1998)
12.) We’re An American Band * MX-80 * We’re An American Band * Family Vineyard (2005)
Part III: Everything’s Impossible
13.) The Awakening * Steamshovel Monkey * the tape hiss sessions 1986-1988 * epeapteroenta.com (2003)
14.) Summertime Blues * The Outsiders * Back From The Grave Part One * Crypt Records (1993)
15.) Dancing Mood * Delroy Wilson * Club Ska ’67 * Mango Records (1980)
16.) Everything’s Impossible * Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 * Bob Dinners and Larry Noodles present Tubby Turdner’s Celebrity Avalance * The Communion Label (2001)
17.) owlZ * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Transcending Radio * Four Dimensional Nightmare Music (2018)
18.) Transition 1 * Mini-Mutations * 20 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
19.) LIVE Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare * 18 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
20.) Transition 2 * Mini-Mutations * 20 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
21.) LIVE Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare w/ Mini-Mutations * 18 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
This week on the program, we become both very Eugene-centric and Ellen-centric, as we feature a number of cool people and projects all born out of Eugene, OR, as well as connected to Ellen Klowden, the mastermind behind this particular broadcast. In many ways, I just came in and watched. She arranged everything, and I could certainly use more of that in my life.
We kick things off with a fantastic Set by DJ Refugium, the primary force behind the Ghost House events that happen in Eugene. Refugium provides a bit of the phenomenal decade of history of nurturing the Ghost House community, and embodies its sweet and welcoming flavor. Be sure to hop by Old Nick’s Sept 13-14 for Goth Weekend, which Refugium curates. Fri: Live performances by Xploding Boys (Cure cover band) and Devoured by Flowers. Sat: Dark Arts Market & Ghost House.
We follow that up with a full live performance by Dryad Drone, the brain-child of DJ Refugium & Ellen. Dryad Drone, as a musical entity and as a concept album, is entirely devoted to protection of forest ecosystems, which has also been lifework for both its members, Ellen via direct action and radical media, and Refugium via academic research and field work.
Then, in hour two, we offer the very first live performance by Bast Awakening, the combination of Ellen & I Died, also making his first visit to the KMUZ studios. Then, we close things out with the newly-named DEATH MUTATIONS, which, if I Died agrees, might be an entirely capitalized band name. We’re still deciding.
We conclude the program with a live set by Pavlovian Response, the combination of Ellen and Patrick Haenelt (of Ganesha Column, Electrosect, and Tubbs & Oates), recorded last week at the memorial for our fallen friend and centerpoint of experimentalia at Icky’s, the Merkin, and 7th & Washington House, Monty Ray Davis (of Neteru, Uncle Pinkeye, and Ventriloquist).
Sat., 9/14, show at Wandering Goat: Lidless Eye (homemade electronics vs. composted tapes by Knox Mitchell of Port Huron, MI); The Fearing Crumpet (musique drone concrit; first show in 17 years); Don; Heart Therapy (debut collab of Ellen and Arlan); Mini-Mutations.
Sat., 9/21, private house show: Debut of Psithurism (nOiZepHyZiX + Ellen); Don; Elijah; [view]; Bast Awakening.
Tues., 9/24, show at Wandering Goat: Icky’s/Merkin/7th & Wash family reunion for Ellen’s birthday: Intended line-up, awaiting confirmation: Pavlovian Response; Blood Red; Ramen Blood Clot; solo vocal / electronic set by Patrick Haenelt; Arlan (possibly with Steamshovel Monkey, possibly Heart Therapy).
Sat., 9/28, show by Corvallis Experiments in Noise at Interzone will feature Dryad Drone.
I first met Hugo a couple years ago, when he played a show at The Space to a fairly packed crowd, offering dance jams and soundscapes that really felt personal, and unique. But it’s been a while, and where he used to perform under a pseudonym – Lavender – Hugo had grown and matured with time, and as such, has embraced his own name. It only made sense that when he wanted to debut some new songs, in preparation for his upcoming tour, that we would try to get him back in at The Space, and on Mid-Valley Mutations, to show off what he’s done.
Joining him was his friend and labelmate, Derek Hunter Wilson, a pianist, composer, and performer who is often aligned with the experimental while playing some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever heard. He ALSO has a new album out, and both of these new albums were released TODAY, so we let Derek run wild, playing his pieces in hour two.
There’s a little of this and that filling in the spaces, and I gab away with my guests about their projects and the current state of music. But stick around until the very end, because all three of us jam together, improvising a little something new about the storm of comets that was plaguing Salem and KMUZ last night.
Three Live Performances! Interviews! Two In-Person Guests! This show has everything, and I’m very excited to bring it to you now.
Hugo R. A. Paris & Derek Hunter Wilson, LIVE!
Part I: Beyond Pluto’s Orbit
01.) Sagan’s Comets * Mini-Mutations * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Springtime Linn * Clark * Flame Rave * Warp Records (2015)
03.) Blood Moon * Choir Boy * Passive With Desire * Dias Records (2016)
Part II: Paris
04.) LIVE * Hugo R. A. Paris * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part III: Majesty
04.) Interview * Hugo R. A. Paris * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
05.) Dolls In The Dark * Drab Majesty * [Mutations Mix]
Part IV: Hunter
05.) Sagan’s Comets 2 * Mini-Mutations * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
06.) LIVE * Derek Hunter Wilson * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part V: Hunt
07.) Interview * Derek Hunter Wilson * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part VI: Jam
08.) LIVE * Hugo R. A. Paris, Derek Hunter Wilson & Austin Rich * 2 August 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It’s been 21 years since I started in radio, this might be the strangest night I have ever participated in. After a tremendous amount of negotiating with Sweatband Records, which now mostly covers what I can’t say in exchange for some of their product, this podcast and video — in this highly edited and altered form — marks the only remaining document of the night Le Petit Sac visited Mid-Valley Mutations. Be thankful even this much still exists.
Here’s what I can say: after playing a show with Sac back in March (itself a very long story), I was contacted about him making an appearance on Mid-Valley Mutations. After a long negotiation period, we settled on the 29th of June. Once we settled on the date, I received a series of weird messages, trying to confirm rumors these people were hearing about the show. (These rumors revolved around he and I switching identities, that he was performing in Olympia as me, and that I wasn’t even in touch with the real Sac.) I didn’t think anything of this, and instead, prepared like I do normally.
On the night three people arrived at KMUZ: two men in suits who claimed to be representatives of Sweatband Records, and a third who was dressed as The Sac I’d come to know. Immediately I was handed this card: “DJ Embryonic Petit Sac will not talk for the first hour. He will select music for you to play. During the second hour he will take phone calls and perform some short sets. Do not talk directly to the Sac before or after the show. After the Vanity Fair fiasco, there will be no interview either. No requests. The Sac will not play anything from his records. No photography. If the Sac nods at you, you will be allowed to perform with him. Failure to comply with these rules will result in immediate legal action. No exceptions.”
The two representatives from Sweatband said very little the entire time, but did accept the complementary Red Licorice in the lobby.
While I was preparing for the show in the DJ booth, I overheard a number of phone calls that The Sac took, where he said over and over that he, “didn’t want to do this.” These calls contained a lot of profanity, and he used a voice I’ve never heard him use before.
I decided to film him anyway, in spite of the warning, and while the Sweatband representatives did nothing to stop me, afterwards they confiscated everything I brought to the radio station — CDs, gear, recordings, my phone, EVERYTHING — and held me for hours in the station lobby while the reps reviewed every inch of the footage and went over every piece of my gear. The Sac left immediately after the show, once the person at the door had been “dealt with.” (I was never told what that meant.) Finally, a lawyer arrived, and after another hour of discussions, I was allowed to leave, with my gear in hand, and was given a second angle that I was unaware of, that was very strangely edited. The video on my phone was mangled too.
I wanted to post this show immediately, as I felt like this story needed to get out. However, I was informed I couldn’t publish until my post, the audio, and the video was reviewed by Sweatband, again. I can only hope that they kept all 100,000 words of this incredible story in the final version that gets out to the world, but I’ll be happy if ANY of this show actually makes it out, period.
So, sit back, and enjoy Sweatband Records and Mid-Valley Mutations presenting: Le Petit Sac. I think?
Le Petit Sac, LIVE!
HOUR 1: DJ Embryonic Petit Sac spins Sweatband Records hits.
Part I: Ordinary Everyday Conversation
01.) Simulate The Sound of Speech * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Live At Axolotl Insemination Ranch, Dec 2010 Portland OR * DJ Embryonic Petit Sac * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
03.) Epic Snacks * Razzle Blaster * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
04.) Sacred Thistles (side a) * The Manx * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
Part II: These Hearing Difficulties
05.) Good Hello * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
06.) Sacred Thistles (side b) * The Manx * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
07.) Sexy Quest * Razzle Blaster * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
08.) Live At Golden Trapper Keeper Lodge, Aug 2010 San Francisco CA * DJ Embryonic Petit Sac * 3 Way Banana Split * Sweatband Records (2011)
09.) These Hearing Difficulties * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
10.) Spokesman * Tinklepotty * When We Were Whole Split Cassette * Sweatband Records (2015)
11.) Sleep: The Seductive Minion of The Enemy * Tinklepotty * When We Were Whole Split Cassette * Sweatband Records (2015)
12.) Delayed To Humanize * Tinklepotty * When We Were Whole Split Cassette * Sweatband Records (2015)
13.) Gurge Reaction * Oort Smog * Smeared Pulse Transfers * Sweatband Records (2019)
14.) Loam Yourself And Die Trying * Oort Smog * Smeared Pulse Transfers * Sweatband Records (2019)
Part III: It’s Difficult To Tell One Instrument From Another
15.) Weather Computer, Are You There? * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
16.) The Weather * The Weather Computer w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
17.) Roadkill Carousel * The Ether Creeps * Split * Sweatband Records (2018)
18.) Calm Before The Swarm (Excerpt) * The Ether Creeps * Split * Sweatband Records (2018)
19.) Blood Gold * The Manx * Blood Chronicles 7” * Sweatband Records (2013)
20.) Interlude * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
21.) [untitled] * Arlo Brooks * Split * Sweatband Records (2016)
22.) More Limited Than The Most Antiquated Recordings * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
HOUR 2: Live Sac Taking Calls w/ Mini-Mutations.
Part IV: Typical Hearing Loss
23.) Questions? Hello? * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
24.) Caller 1: “I live beneath the lighthouse by the cove.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
25.) More Live Sac * Le Petit Sac * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
26.) Caller 2: “They found me, actually.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part V: Sensitivity To High Frequencies
27.) As We Grow Older, The Losses Usually Increase * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
28.) Even More Live Sac * Le Petit Sac * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
29.) Caller 3: “He’s taken my bunny guy thing.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part VI: Sound Alike
30.) The Weather * Le Petit Sac w/ The Weather Computer * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
31.) Caller 4: “I’m calling from you.” * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
32.) That Was Hard To Follow, Wasn’t It? * Le Petit Sac w/ Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
33.) Au Revoir * Mini-Mutations * Live, 29 June 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
I first saw the Dead Air Fresheners in 2006, and since then have maintained a loose association with them, as they played on KPSU a number of times, and usually, on one of my shows, or with my engineering their sound somehow. Not only did I get to understand their particular brand of chance-determinist music, but as I got to know them better, it was only a matter of time before I started playing with them, too. (In April of 2013, to be exact, first as a featured vocalist, and then as one of those “behind the masks.”
While I was an “unofficial” member of the group for a few years (if one – even one who isn’t anonymous – can even be an official member), as time (and distance) has grown between us, I only get to meet them when we play a show together. Which, fortunately, has been more often, recently. While we had long-discussed the idea of getting them on the I-5 and on the radio here in Salem, the stars finally aligned, and it all worked out for this fantastic performance .
This show has it all. I jam away with some Mini-Mutations throughout the show, occasionally including samples of previous Dead Air releases, and other recordings, throughout. Then, the Dead Air Fresheners unleash a live jam, and a rare interview, talking about what they do, how they do it, and other bits and bobs here and there. Then, we close things out with a Mini-Dead-Air-Mutation, which was unlike almost all the other jams we’ve done before.
This was was a lot of fun, and it’s always good to see these guys in action. Now, it’s available for you, too.
Dead Air Fresheners, LIVE!
Part I: Living Stereo
01.) Stereophonic Tape * Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) More Data * Negativland * More Data * Seeland Records (2019)
03.) Abyss [slooooo rmx] * Don Haugen / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
04.) Evidence of Superstructures II [Class Bully rmx] * Dead Air Fresheners / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part II: Live
05.) LIVE * Dead Air Fresheners * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part III: The Commodification of Play
06.) The Weather Computer * Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
07.) Apogey [mshp] * Chopstick / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
08.) The Commodification of Play * Dead Air Fresheners * The Commodification of Play * Dead Air Music (2019)
Part IV: The Set Behind The Set
09.) Interview * Dead Air Fresheners * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
New and old albums, Bob Bucko Jr. & Personal Archives, masks & lineups, chance determinism, noise vs. improv labels, instrumentation, release formats, having a sense of humor and, inevitably, Jandek.
Part V: The New Tape Cartridge Is At All Times Ready For Play.
10.) Brother Wind * Dead Air Fresheners * Brother Wind * Dead Air Music (2019)
11.) Side B [wthr rmx] * Le Petit Sac / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
Part VI: This Is What To Do / Not To Do
12.) LIVE * Dead Air Fresheners w/ Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
13.) Wrap-Up * Dead Air Fresheners / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
14.) Han Valen [Hgh Fdlty rmx] * Ryan A. Ray / Mini-Mutations * 17 May 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
15.) Soul Finger * The Bar-Kays * Soul Finger * Volt Records (1967)
I’ve had a long relationship with Ricardo Wang and his program, “What’s This Called?” and it always feels good to be involved with his show. But this is the very first time that I’ve “performed” on his show like this. I mean, we did one collaboration which you can hear here, but that was well before things began to Mutate as they do these days. But playing a double-header like this – with Office Products, live on the radio – was pretty cool, and felt like a big accomplishment. Here’s the entire show, with both of our performances and other DJ bit in-between.
Tune in for a live appearance on Rich Lindsay’s “Radio Lost & Found.” There’s a live Mini-Mutations performance, some interspersed interview bits, and both The Ramen City Kid & Rich Lindsay perform with me throughout the show. This was a ton of fun, and now you can enjoy it, too!
During a recent trip to Eugene, I had the pleasure of joining I Died & Esperik Glare in the I Died Batcave to record some live jams We all tried to approach this as if it were a radio session, but there were some obvious limitations. Still, we managed to create a make-shift radio studio rather quickly, and pretty soon we were all three able to perform and jam, just like at KMUZ.
Which is fortunate, because this week I’m actually in Corvallis. So, please adjust your signal to this wonderful performance by I Died, Esperik Glare and… Mini-Mutations, from… the past?
I Died vs. Esperik Glare
01.) Live * I Died * 16 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Live * Esperik Glare * 16 February 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It is often difficult to explain to those who are not actively seeking out all of the various musical corner of our fair state, but the current experimental scene in Oregon is probably better now than it has ever been, and that is in part due to the efforts of a few key folks in the area who are constantly working to book shows, give new acts a chance, and in the end, who are willing to carve out places for this kind of art for those of us who really crave it.
Chris Durnin has been a tireless supporter of the Corvallis scene, something that if you haven’t been there, you really should check it out. The “Corvallis Experiments in Noise” group – which he organizes – has been assembling DIY shows and events where money is not a factor, people are not on their phones, and the incredible work that people do is finally on display. A two-day celebration of this is happening on March 29th at The Majestic Theater & March 30th at Whiteside Theater, where an ABSURD number of performers are gathering to put on a show the likes of which you have NEVER seen.
And we really need to emphasize the “seen” part of this event. While radio is a purely audio world, experimental music often takes the form of costumes, dances, and visual elements that cannot be captured in just one dimension. That is why there is streaming live video of the performers for this event, which you can watch over on the Mid-Valley Mutations MyFacester+ Twinstgramblr Page, or in our A/V Gallery of stuff shot during the show. (This may expand as more material comes my way… most everyone had a camera running at one point.)
So sit back as we feature six of the performers that will be doing their thing at the What Is Noise Fest? event at the end of March. (Six if you include Mini-Mutations.) And, stick around for a bonus performance at the end, where most of us get together for a while noise jam that is out of this world!
With politics as it is, artists passing away, and the entertainment world completely flipped on its head, sometimes there is nothing left to do but hop a train with a new friend, and play music well into the night, jamming along with the sound of the clack of the tracks.
Fortunately, A Moment’s Sound — Scott Eave to his just-met friends — is always game for a musical adventure. He’s been playing guitar for ages, exploring sounds in an improvised manner, and searching for ways to connect with other artists, and we immediately clicked when we met.
Strangely, this is the only time we’ve played together, which speaks to the free-and-easy sound that we both enjoy exploring. There’s something about hopping trains with someone where all of the stresses of the everyday world are no longer weighing upon us. Strangely, we approached this one quite differently than when I normally have a guest. We just jumped right into this one. We go live just after the top of the hour, A Moment’s Sound kicks in by the end of the first quarter of an hour, and we go all the way to Midnight. We do sort of stop around 11 to chat for a while, but it fit the mood of where we were going, and I think you’ll enjoy the way this all turns out.
So gather round the Hobo Jungle, and let me and Scott tell you a story about what it really is like to live in the world today… which begs the questions, why aren’t we all Riding The Rails?
Hither & Yon w/ A Moment’s Sound
01.) Hither * A Moment’s Sound & Mini-Mutations * 18 January 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
02.) Yon * A Moment’s Sound & Mini-Mutations * 18 January 2019 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2019)
It’s funny how traditions get started. I caught Sadgasm at an Open Mic they showed up at, and they had instantly catchy hooks that not only betrayed the normal fare on this program, but immediately spoke to me. (Their tunes just got stuck in my head.) So we circled a few dates on the calendar, bounced a few ideas around, and 2017’s “New Year’s / New Tears Special” was born.
Well, a year has come and gone, and now were are here at the end of another year, trying and difficult as it has been, with even more questions about our relationships and romantic entanglements, the exact kind of problems that Sadgasm feature in their songs. Sort of like the ones in their new EP – I Don’t Like To Cry – which you can enjoy on Bandcamp or on this program, where we play tracks and they play LIVE! It’s pretty exciting.
On top of all of that, the majority of this show is dedicated to your calls. We do our best to get to the heart of the matter, and make genuine suggestions to help you in your romantic woes. And that is the majority of the show; the entire first hour, and the last 40 minutes or so, are dedicated to helping you in the relationship department, and we hope that it shows. Special thanks to Kylie Burbank, who kept the band hydrated and helped behind the scenes so we could pull off a show with a number of engineering challenges. You are incredible.
This is our last show of the year, and what a year it has been. I don’t have much else to say that I haven’t been for the last year, so I’ll end by saying: thank you. Doing this show means everything to me, and I can’t believe how lucky I am that I get to do it every week.
A Sadgasm New Year’s / New Tears Special! (2018 Edition) (TBD)
Part I: “Try To Cure Insomnia.”
The Software Are Fighting Again / Introduction & Setup / Where’s Austin?
Caller #1: Anonymous 1. “What are some good techniques to date the members of Sadgasm?”
Caller #2: Austin Antrican. “A lonely kind of sad.”
01.) Surf Rock America * Sadgasm * I Don’t Like To Cry * Self-Released (2018)
Part II: “I Take ’em Crabbing.”
Caller #3: Donald. “Update: Less than a month later, Donald found himself a Honey. What should we do for our 1 Year Anniversary?” KBVR
Caller #4: Anonymous 2. “What if your partner hasn’t ‘taken you crabbing’ after a year and a half?”
Caller #5: Anonymous 3. “What if my cat likes my partner more than me?”
Part III: The Mullet is The Bullet… To Love
Caller #6: Alec. “I cut my hair into a mullet. How can I utilize that to enhance my love life?”
Caller #7: Anonymous 4. “My husband and my roommate’s partner spend a lot of time together. (They host a podcast together, etc.) How do I take all of this in?”
Caller #8: Anonymous 5. “I feel strong emotions toward someone. How do I spark up a conversation?”
Part IV: LIVE
02.) Eating Ash * Sadgasm * I Don’t Like To Cry * Self-Released (2018)
03.) It’s Better With Johnny Around (Live) * Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
03.) Interview Snippet 1 * Austin & Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Topics Include: Home recorded, a more mature release, mono recording & one mic recording techniques.
04.) XX PainWarrior XX (Live) * Sadgasm * 28 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Topics Include: Physical spaces in songs, the Sadgasm fun energy, making each other laugh.
Part V: Friend with a Capital F
Caller #9: Maddi. “I’m stuck in a love triangle. One is attractive and mean. One likes me and is nice but is a human red flag. What should I do?”
Caller #10: Anonymous 6. “My love life has run dry. Should I join ChristianMingle.com?”
Caller #11: Hubert. “I asked my partner, ‘Who had the ‘Greatest Hands’ (would win in a fight): Einstein or Da Vinci?’ and we didn’t agree. Now they haven’t responded to my messages in a few days. What should I do?”
Part VI: “I’m Gonna Tell You Something Right Now”
Caller #12: Anonymous 7. “After a year and a half of a relationship, I haven’t said ‘I love you.’ I feel comfortable with this, but my partner wants to take it to the next level. What should I do?”
No home is complete without a full complement of modern appliances that will aid you as you navigate the holiday season. It is likely you’ll have to prepare a number of last-minute meals for 17 guests, or be required to suddenly prepare six dozen batches of cookies for a “required” office party.
That is why we are offering you a new Juice Machine, and just in time for the holiday season. This Juice Machine comes with everything you see here, and includes three different settings: “LIVE,” “INTERVIEW,” and the newest setting, only available on this program: “MUTATED.” One of these settings comes complete with A/V one-way interface, and with an item like this, each lovingly sculpted glitch is as much a part of the appliance as it is THE appliance itself.
You will not want to fill your future mind with thoughts of the holiday season where you turned down this incredibly rare (and essential) kitchen item, and even worse, with new realizations with each successive year that you can only find it on eBay at very costly prices. That is why we are offering this LIVE Juice Machine performance… for free.
“FREE?!” you scream at your device, and yes, the answer is, “Yes.” FREE. But I think you must act now. This Juice Machine is something that only helps you when you have it in your home today, and that is why this incredible deal will, probably, as far as you know, go away… SOON, unless you take advantage of this incredible offer within the hour! (Or the next one… just make it SOON.)
So, to recap: you get the full two-hour show. You get the LIVE Juice Machine Performance. You get an interview with both Roger and Heather, PLUS selections from various recordings that are chopped and screwed in a fashion you cannot find anywhere else! And then, a collaborative Juice Machine product featuring a Mini-Mutations EXCLUSIVE to this free purchase.
It’s the way we like to celebrate the holiday season on the Mid-Valley Mutations Home Shopping Network.
How Much Is That Juice Machine In The Window? (Playlist TBD)
Part I: Soundcheck
01.) Introduction (Live) * Mini-Mutations * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
02.) Recorded in Jan 2018 * Juice Machine * Some Things * Self-Released (2018)
03.) 1 * Hoodie Battle * FU * Hoodie Battle (2018)
Part II: Live Performance
04.) Live * Juice Machine * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
05.) 3 * Chefkirk * Big Disk * Self-Released (2018)
Part III: Interview
06.) Juice Machine Interview 1 * Mini-Mutations * 14 December 2018 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Tune in for a live Mini-Mutations performance on KPSU’s Live Friday.
There are three performances, and an interview mixed in. The sound is a little distorted here and there, and there may be a better recording floating around. But until then, you can enjoy the full show.
We can no longer deny it: the year is coming to an end. It’s true, there’s not much we can do, and because of that, we’re diving headlong into The End of All Things.
It’s a Phillip Bradbury, Raymond K Dick mash-up as we explore the possibilities that the future – and our inevitable end – has in store for us. But what it is and end for, exactly, is something only time will be able to tell.
Old time radio, new and old records, and a live jam by Mini-Mutations. It’s everything you could ask for, and more.
The End of All Things
This episode contains excerpts from the broadcasts “The Defenders” (X MInus 1 NBC Radio 22 May 1956) and “August 2026: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury” (Malcolm Clarke, BBC Radio 4 11 May 1977) .
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Ma Meilluere * Minimal Monuments * Live At The Kenton Club * Previously Unreleased (2018)
03.) Ringer * Moth Hunter * Dust * Self-Released (2006)
04.) Improv One * ALTO! * Tour Cassette * Self-Released (2013)
05.) twilightmovingmeditation * Elizabeth Joan Kelly * Music For The DMV * Self Released (2018)
06.) Feel It, Steal It * People Like Us * The Mirror * Self-Released (2018)
07.) arch carrier * Autechre * LP5 * Warp Records (1998)
08.) Superman * Dr. Mix & The Remix * Wall of Noise * Acute Records (2004)
09.) Shitfaced Reynolds * Guyve * Delaying The Inevitable * Self-Released (2012)
07.) The End of All Things [Live] * Mini-Mutations
The centerpiece of hour one is something from a new discovery I’m enjoying, the “Environments” LPs, which was very much the inspiration for this show. The recording of the Be-In from 1969 is not only a wonderful time-capsule of a different era, but it paints a wonderful picture through sound of an era that feels so long ago. This recording gives it weight and presence that is worth hearing all the way through.
In hour two, Mini-Mutations takes over, to deliver an hour of field recordings that are mixed and remixed to create a continuous hour or sounds.
And, of course, the podcast version has almost 25 minutes of bonus material. So you know you wanna check that out.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Sonarchy (Live 17 March 2007) * Seattle Phonographers Union *Seattle Phonographers Union * and/OAR / Mimeomeme Records (2009)
03.) [track 1] * Hal McGee * Halzine #11 * Self-Released
04.) Be-In (A Psychoacoustic Experience 6 April 1969) [Part 1] * Irv Teibel * Enviornments 3 * Atlantic Records (1971)
05.) Be-In (A Psychoacoustic Experience 6 April 1969) [Part 2] * Irv Teibel * Enviornments 3 * Atlantic Records (1971)
06.) Azalea Woods Office Complex * Doug Haire * Myrtle Beach Professional Park * Self-Released (2009)
The release of People Like Us‘ new album The Mirrorgot me thinking about reflections, and what the do and do not say about us and our state of mind. As I begin to prepare for an incredible voyage to make new friends and travel far, I am compelled to take a similar trip through music and sound, hoping to stumble upon something that works.
In hour one, I continue to mine the joy that comes from new music that I have come across recently. This is a great mix, with a lot of cool stuff that I do not announce during the show, so please, read the notes below.
Then, in hour two, Mini-Mutations sort of busts open the idea of reflection with an hour-long jam on the subject itself. Samples (manipulated with a MicroGranny & a pair of Numark CDJs), bass, and a delay pedal.
And you were there!
The Unbearable Reflections by CBS Radio Mystery Theater (15 August 1975) and The Man In The Mirror by The Macabre (27 November 1961).
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Flake * Inspector 22 * Friendship Cemetery Revisited (1997 – 2003) * Therapy Tapes (2014)
03.) Most Big * Chefkirk * Big Disc * Self-Released
04.) We Bask In The Radiance of Dear Leader’s Omnipotent Excellence * Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble * Taxidermy Frogs Copulating * Butte County Free Music Society (2018)
05.) Ego Death * The Viper * Art For Pain’s Sake * Self-Released (2016)
06.) Polydactyly * The Conduits * Descending Order * Chair Chair Tapes (2016)
07.) Not Who I Was * Lawrence Crane * Craniostomy 1981 – 1987 Vol One * Butte County Free Music Society (2016)
08.) False Memories * Jen Sandwich * Electronic Cottage 004 * ElectronicCottage.org (2018)
09.) I Don’t Believe In Color * Idler Arms * Kubelik Unbugged * Self-Released (2012)
10.) [track 3] * Hal McGee * Halzine #11 * Self-Released (2018)
11.) Do You See What I Hear * People Like Us * The Mirror * Self-Released (2018)
Sometimes, radio can seem different when you’ve vanished. Hopefully, this is a good way of meeting everyone much more directly – with live mixing and a performance – to cause the notion that I’ve vanished to disappear.
Hour one is all jams I’ve been into lately. Hour two is a mix of samples (manipulated with a MicroGranny & a pair of Numark CDJs), bass, a delay pedal.
Started in 2005 by Don Haugen, the Eugene Noise Fest has been the place where the local experimental artists can get together and show off their stuff. In some ways modeled after the NorCal NoiseFest in Sacramento, the Eugene Noise Fest has made an effort to feature artists of every kind, sonically and culturally, keeping the event all ages, and out of bars. This year, it is being held at The WOW Hall for the first time ever, bringing this event to a bigger audience, and featuring an incredible line-up of amazing artists.
For more information about the show, I recommend checking out:
In this show, I feature a number of performances by artists that will be playing at this show tomorrow, and in the second hour, stick around for a conversation with Don Haugen, as he calls in via Skype, to tells us about the event history, what to expect, and a little about the incredible artists, too.
And, if you like what you hear, meet us at The WOW Hall tomorrow. I’m actually playing as part of the line-up, too.
History Lesson, started in 2005, on-again-off-again status, the venue dance, wanting it All Ages and not at a bar, The WOW Hall & Joshua Finch, The Line Up and assembling the groups, the age range and the sonic pallet, Eugene is an “older” scene with a lot of outsiders, putting the experiment in experimental music, and the benefits of limitations of DIY.
07.) FOUR FEET [Excerpt] * Deadly Discs * Bury Me Deep, For I Am Cursed * Self-Released (2017)
08.) Sangre-Katadesmos-No! (Live rehearsal) [Excerpt] * Sleeping With The Earth * Sangre * Self-Released (2008)
09.) Phalanx * Acre * New EP * Self-Released (2004)
Part V: Don & John
10.) Live Performance * Don Haugen & Klowd * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2018)
Part VI: Depleted Your Live-ium
11.) Tarnish * Entresol * Tender Need(s) Tour Split * Self-Released (2018)
12.) Live Performance * Depleted Your Cranium * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Here’s an audio essay centering around two selections from The Strange Doctor Weird, a radio program from the 1940’s featuring the voice of Maurice Tarplin as the titular character, written by Robert A. Arthur and directed by Jock McGregor. The program is, in many ways, a sequel to The Mysterious Traveler, a program from which many of the Doctor Weird stories were culled from. These versions, told in 15 minute segments, appeared on a number of stations as material that could easily fill out an hour or programming, and was most well known as being sponsored by Adam Hats, who could afford their own radio program in those days.
Accompanying these stories is a live performance by me, as I mix and apply effects to sounds made in the studio, as well as the sounds of recorded music by The Black Noise Orchestra and Yellow Crystal Star.
The recent thunder and lightning – very atypical this time of year – has filled our town with lights and sounds that are not usually part of the typical makeup of our fair city. In many ways it reminded me of nothing less that The New Gods themselves traversing the threshold of a Boom Tube, a sound so dramatic that is insists that you listen, above all other things. It was with that in mind that I decided to let The King by my guide, and put together some spacey wonder, ambient landscapes, and droning rock music that would make the man himself proud.
I didn’t get to mention it during the show, but I always like to draw attention to Sailboats whenever I can. Little known, and even less seen, they manage to capture some of the eeriest and most beautiful strangeness every time I listen. They are on the Pecho Grande label, and while their site says that much of their catalog is out of print, I bet if you asked nicely you could locate a copy or two. I highly recommend checking out Sailboats, as well as the other incredible things they have to offer.
During this show, Miss Rikki & Tunacan Jones was lurking around in the studio, and they helped influence the direction of this audio essay, obviously. But between Mr. Tarplin & Kirby guiding the way, it’ll be hard to resist this broadcast.
The Strange Dr. Weird
This episode features samples of “Journey Into The Unknown” and “The Man Who Knew Everything” by The Strange Doctor Weird!, originally aired on 21 November 1944 and 20 March 1945.
Part I: Improvisation
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Excerpt * The Black Noise Orchestra * 20 September 2006
03.) Yeti (Improvisation) * Amon Düül II * Yeti
Part II: Journey Into The Unknown 1
04.) Excerpt 1 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
05.) Journey Into The Unknown [pt 1] * Austin Rich * 19 May 2013
06.) Nine Thousand And Second Amaranth Shower [Excerpt] * Yellow Crystal Star * Rainbow Bridge To Nonlocality: Myriad Forms of You
Part III: Journey Into The Unknown 1
07.) Journey Into The Unknown [pt 2] * Austin Rich * 19 May 2013
08.) Excerpt 2 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
Part IV: Trigger In
09.) Excerpt 3 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
10.) Trigger In, Trigger Out * Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno * Just Another Band From The Cosmic Inferno
14.) Excerpt 5 * Obe’ Skupla * 8 April 2006
15.) The Man Who Knew Everything * Austin Rich * 19 May 2013
16.) Up Under: Triumph, The Mask Melted Away To Reveal The Way * Yellow Crystal Star * Rainbow Bridge To Nonlocality: Myriad Forms of You
It’s always a pleasure to get invited to guest on a KMUZ program that is not my own, and Northwest Notes is one of my faves. Mick is a dedicated music lover who is keyed into the local scene in a way that few others are. He not only features local music on his show every week, but actually brings the bands in to play, live. It’s a real joy as a listener, and this week was no exception, as Paste was the guest, and they were great.
I’m hoping to make my appearances more frequent, because hanging out with Mick is a lot of fun. I also managed to achieve my musical hat trick this week, getting Mick to play some vinyl, cassettes and CDs from my collection. Next time, I’ll bring in only .mp3s, and really throw him off.
We really get into the live performance / interview in Hour 1, and in the end, don’t play many recordings. But when we do, it’s on fire. And this is the Pledge Drive, so we talk that up, and urge you to make a donation. When you can still do, and should!
More than anything, enjoy these live tunes in a way that Paste normally doesn’t perform.
KMUZ’s Pledge Drive begins on February 3rd, and with that in mind, this show is entirely dedicated to drawing attention to the drive. To back me as I pitch for your support, I’m presenting an array of live performances from the earliest days of Mid-Valley Mutations. These are some wild and incredible live moments that were captured on our program, and always thrill me as I listen back to them.
But really, this show is about the drive. If you don’t already know, KMUZ is listener funded, and without your support, we have no station. There is no income. There is no way to pay bills without it coming out of our pockets. And to make radio happen – and bring you cool live music like this – KMUZ needs to ask for that money.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to donate, but the easiest is at kmuz.org, where you can click the “make a donation” link, and help keep our station on the air. Just consider how often you listen, and adjust your donation accordingly. If you mention Mid-Valley Mutations as the reason you donated, then you’ll receive an LP and / or comic book from my personal collection, as a thank you for your kindness. This is a perk only available to Mid-Valley Mutations listeners, so please, consider how important programming like this is to you, and help keep radio alive in your area.
This show is packed to the gills with awesome live tunes, so sit back and enjoy some excellent music. Go ahead. It’s Friday night. You earned it.
The KMUZ Pledge Drive Kick-Off Show (#88)
Part I: Setting Things Up
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Live Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare * 2 December 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part II: Stale Cheese
03.) Live Performance * Guyve * 19 August 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part III: We Are Fiasco
04.) Live Performance * Fiasco * 23 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part IV: Half-Way Up The Stairs
05.) Live Performance * Entresol * 16 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part V: Brutal
06.) Live Performance * Entrail * 16 September 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part VI: My Casual Three
07.) I’m Generic * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
08.) My Dying Tree * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
09.) Black Jack * Manual Sex Drive * 7 October 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Part VII: Three Uneasy
10.) Live Performance 1 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
11.) Live Performance 2 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
12.) Live Performance 3 * Uneasy Chairs * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
13.) Live Performance * CEO’s, Inc. * 11 November 2016 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2016)
Closing off what has become an incredible year is my in-studio session with the sad boys of Sadgasm, a local Salem combo that has only been together a few months, and has already established themselves as the Sad Sac for the 21st Century.
In this show, we celebrate the new year, open the loveline, and take calls from people who are having actual relationship woes, and need advice. We also get to hear some of the songs on their upcoming record, Ramen, which is coming out soon, and in general, have an excellent time. You can find more information out about Sadgasm by visiting their websites: Instagram & Bandcamp, or by pestering them on their social media accounts: Gravy Brink, Andy Alvarez, Austin Antrican and Jon Garcia.
Special thanks is in order, to Kylie Burbank and Emma Douglas, who helped behind the scenes for this show, and are stand up folks in their own right.
Thanks for the incredible year. While it blew everywhere else, 2017 was great for Mid-Valley Mutations, and I thank all of you for being a part of it, and keeping this show going. You all are amazing.
With a two hour show, the extra time is often needed to help accommodate bands, either when they need to set up, call in, or what-have-you. But in cases like this, the extra hour works out great when you have two guests you’d like to fit in. On those days when you want to double-your-pleasure, so to speak, two hours works out just fine when you want to cover two incredible acts in one show.
03.) Welcome Home Down The Rabbit Hole * King Black Acid And The Crystal Unicorn * Super Beautiful Magic * Mazinga Records (2017)
04.) Radiation Baby * Orchards * To Lose Completely * Self-Released (2017)
HOUR 2: Eden Mononym
Part IV: All The Way From Oregon
05.) Live Performance [Excerpt] * Eden Mononym * 2017 NorCalNoiseFest Day One * Bandcamp.com (2017)
Part IV: “Endless laughs.”
06.) Interview * Eden Mononym & Austin Rich * 17 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Gear talk, getting started with programming and building modular systems, tape loops and video game music, the early internet, starting to record, One Infinite Loop, electronic composers, starting Eden Mononym, the ever changing record, the inner irony of organic sounding electronic music, evolving gear and technologies, a new record and new synthesizers on the way for 2018.
Part V: Hypnotic
07.) Live Performance * Eden Mononym * 17 November 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
It is with no small amount of fanfare and excitement that I am able to bring none other than The Weatherman of Negativland fame to Mid-Valley Mutations. If you have been a long-time listener, or know anything about the kind of radio and music that I do, you’ll probably be saying something like, “Don’t you just try to imitate them with your work anyway?” And to that I would say: yes, poorly!
To say that Negativland has influenced me is a bit of an understatement, but their impact on this show is only one reason why it is interesting that I have The Weatherman on. This year, he has taken to social media, and for the reclusive (and often counter-cultural) artist that he is, this action took the Inter-Web-A-Tron by storm. His live feeds (full of Booper jams, mixes of radio and TV with whatever is on his VCR, and other odds and sods) are incredible, fascinating, and according to various, “terms and service agreements,” entirely illegal in the same way that sampling and collage art was deemed so in the first place. So, in many ways, he has not changed a bit.
The Weatherman and I talked for quite some time, about his current performances online, his history with Negativland, CBs and Jamming Culture, the legendary U2 single and how he found himself singing those well-known copywritten words, his relationship with Richard Lyons and Don Joyce (two band members who have both passed recently), and as if that weren’t enough, he performs The Booper, LIVE and reads The Weather!
Personally, this was a dream come true. This band and their radio show have been a focal point for the kind of work I want to create, and has guided my attitudes toward culture and art for my entire adult life. To find out that, not only are the members of this group extremely friendly and approachable, but game to go along with my nonsense too, is a very cool experience, for sure.
If you listened to the live broadcast, this podcast version has about seven minutes of bonus material, available only to the podcast listeners of the show. Scan to the end; we pick up the conversation exactly where you feel like we stopped. I would also urge you to tune in on 24 November for an interview with Mark Hosler, and on 1 December for an interview with Wobbly, completing Negativland November! It’s been a pleasure to talk to them all; now, hear what they had to say.
So, open up a fresh Club Soda, tune in KMUZ with your home-brewed radio console, and enjoy this frank and enlightening conversation with one of my favorite artists: The Weatherman.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Interview Part 1 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
03.) Theme From ‘A Big 10-8 Place’ * Negativland * A Big 10-8 Place * Seeland Records (1983)
Part II: “You’re scholarly!”
04.) Interview Part 2 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part V: “I’m not a musician, I just experiment with sound.”
10.) Interview Part 6 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Don gets added to the group, Night Sky Music, digitizing analog work properly, The Weatherman’s creative process, nonsense words and phrases, image 1image 2 & image 3, the act of selection, Night Flight‘s influence.
11.) Happy The Harmonica * Negativland * Free * Seeland Records (1993)
Part VI: “This Is The Weatherman.”
12.) Interview Part 7 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Media memories, strange noises from the sky, voice to skull transmissions andother conspiracies, performing live online, Over The Edge, and more Firesign Theater,
Part VII: “I never leave this house, pretty much.”
13.) Interview Part 8 * The Weatherman * 2 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
I am such a lucky radio host, in that there are a ton of groups coming through the area, and experimental music – in almost every form – is really beginning to get some notice in a way that is impressive, and very fun to watch. And, some weeks, I have a wealth of material at my fingertips to play, and it feels like there is just too much for even a two-hour show.
So, this week, in an unprecedented move, I’m including a nearly two-hour bonus episode as a companion piece to our regular show this week. Podcast only, of course, as we only get the two hours of broadcast time, but in this show, you get to hear so much incredible stuff, it is well worth your digestion.
In our regular program, we heard short performances by Lavender and Marc Kate, with a truncated interview between them. But this was only 30 minutes of the 90 minutes we recorded, included to full set performances by each group, and a 30 minute interview, too. While it was great to get such a wealth of material, I just couldn’t fit it all into a show with Kylie Burbank and friends, too. So the 90 minutes of material was winnowed down to a slim 30 on the FM.
Which is a shame, because the full performances (and interview) are a real treat, and we get into some nitty-gritty about making art, using machines, and other bits and bobs that are only available in this extended episode. If you heard the primary show this week, then there is an hour of Lavender and Marc Kate that you have not yet heard.
And, as a bonus, I’m including a Halloween installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, too. This time from Richard Diamond, giving us a spooky treat that is just perfect for this kind of broadcast.
Both Lavender and Marc Kate are consummate performers, and you owe it to yourself to dig into what they can do when they are at their best. And, even better, this stuff can only be heard here. How cool is that?
Lavender & Marc Kate, LIVE!
Part I: Introduction
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
Part II: All The Way From France
03.) Live * Lavender * Live * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: Getting Down To It
04.) Interview * Lavender & Marc Kate * 19 October 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: Today Never Knows
04.) Live * Marc Kate * Live * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part V: Outro
Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater Presents!
04.) The House of Mystery Case * Richard Diamond, Private Detective * 10 December 1949 * NBC Radio (1949)
It’s weird to think what a single year can bring. When I first started this program, I didn’t know Uneasy Chairs or devilsclub much at all, and in that year they have become a regular feature of the program.
For that I am grateful. In these trying times, it is nice to have a few things that you can rely on, even if they are musical. But the subject we are approaching tonight is anything put uplifting, as we contemplate live during The War Years. A reality that seems, unfortunately, very very real, again, for some insane reason that escapes us all. It’s eerie how relevant these conversations about WWII seem in the here and now, but as we try to understand that, we offer over an hour of live jams by MKUneasyChairPhone… or something like that.
Kick-starting the show is a sort of DJ set by horridus to help promote his new record, and offer a rundown of some of his favorite selections from his collection. And as if that weren’t enough, I flip the tables as if it were a year ago (again), and drill him about making music, collaborations, and what 2017 has brought for him, even in these trying times.
It’s an action-packed show that came out quite lovely, and after the chaos and insanity of the last few weeks, it was good to return to some old-fashioned experimental music.
The War Years Part II (A History Lesson w/ Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone, LIVE! (#67)
Part I: Sew Room Dummies
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Yottamorph * Shrugs of Eternity (devilsclub & David M. Paganin) * Sew Room Dummies * Cian Orbe Netlabel (2017)
03.) Part II * Morton Subotnick * Silver Apples of The Moon * Nonesuch Records (1967)
04.) the river side a * noisepoetnobody * the river * Lens Records (2010)
05.) Peruvian Dance Song / Plaint Against The Fog / A Song By Nezahualcoyotl * Karlheinz Stockhausen * In The Sky I Am Walking… (1977)
06.) Yugamorph * Shrugs of Eternity (devilsclub & David M. Paganin) * Sew Room Dummies * Cian Orbe Netlabel (2017)
Part II: A History Lesson 1
03.) Live 1 * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * 8 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: A History Lesson 2
04.) Live 2 * Uneasy Chairs & MKUltramegaphone * 8 September 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
As we move slowly toward a possible future where we may be living under these conditions, we bring MKUltramegaphone into the studio for a mediation on the original period known as “The War Years.” This History Lesson was inspired by a record that has been floating around KMUZ lately. And while I had been threatening to play it on the show recently, this was, undoubtedly, the perfect opportunity.
Let’s hope that, living during The War Years, is not something that we’ll not experience.
It’s been a few years since the last time I worked with Fischkopf Sinfoniker, and while some time had elapsed, it was great to get back into the swing of things with such a great performer. Just a few years ago, he was using individual boxes linked together to great his scoundscapes, but these days he’s a eurorack performer, and it was incredible to see him roll up, put one case on the table, and proceed to coax the most beautiful sounds out of them.
While Fischkopf is entirely electronic, there is an organic nature to his performances that evoke doom bands with guitars, or some of the ethereal sounds of Cocteau Twins. Watching him weave this and other sounds into his performances is an often a subtle visual experience, but the powerful mix of audio that he produces is extreme, brutal, and fantastic.
For this show, I perform nearly an hour of improvised cuts-ups to start things off, and then stick around to two performances (and two interviews) in hour two. As if that weren’t enough, conclude with another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, this time with The Adventures of Philip Marlowe.
I will admit: the timing on this one is all off. The second interview and performance were not heard by “live” listeners, and are only available as part of this podcast. There’s a few other bits I had to re-arrange for the live vs. pod version, but hopefully for you, you won’t even notice. From you vantage, you get two interviews, and two live performances. Not too shabby for a free radio program.
This one sort of speaks for itself. While somewhat connected to my other financial meditations, this one takes us in a different direction, and certainly evolved as we went. For that, it has a spontaneity that I like, and was certainly not as I had planned.
We start with some warm up, with a couple of tracks by friends, and a Classical Mash that as thick and satisfying as it is mathy and perfect.
Then, we take a Nancy-eyed view of our economy, and meditate on money, and it’s place in our world then and now, with the help of classroom conversations, from outdated films to Mr. Chomsky. All a part of your friendly Friday Night Diet.
It was good to have MKU back in the studio. Let’s see if we can keep this up.
This broadcast felt so much like a “back to basics” broadcast – for so many reasons – that I absolutely loved hosting Hobo Maker. A consummate professional and accomplished guitar player, he produces walls of sound, and those of you who caught one of his two performances on Make Music Day know what I’m talking about.
More than anything, this was a return to form in that: Hobo Maker is, thankfully, local. While I love hosting acts that are from anywhere, anywhen, it was so cool to find out that this kind of thing is available right here in Salem. My hope with Mid-Valley Mutations is that I could create a home for artists like this in the area, and when stuff like this happens, I’m always happy. It also happens that this gent is a stand up fella, too.
So, tune in for a cross section of the work he’s done, a live solo performance, an interview, AND an extended jam with MKUltraHobophoneMaker, which was a lot of fun. MKU has been slightly absent from the show lately, only because my bandmate has been out of town. Having the back together really felt good. Sometimes, I can’t believe I get to do this every week.
Each show we make is completely unique, and in many ways, I’m not even sure what each new show will bring. I prepare and plan for sure, and it isn’t that I wander in each week tabula rasa and discover what “radio” might be, this time. But like jazz and improvisational music, there is a point A and a point Z, and between those two there are a million different possibilities each week.
Herd William‘s hit-and-run assault on our program was not only unpredictable, but incredibly short. He managed to load in, perform twice, interview for about 20 minutes total, then pack out in less than an hour. It was certainly something to behold, and a lesson for those who need lots of set-up time when they want to play. Fortunately for us, he did not skimp on the performance. Both sets are a high-octane blast of experimental noise all his own, and this is probably one of the best ways to get to know his particular kind of music.
But that’s not all! In addition to my own 20 minutes of live mixing and mashing, we also kick-start the show with a world premier track by Aldo Calrissian, friend of the show and soon to have a new record that you can hear very soon. In the meantime, this show starts off with a sample, and you heard it here first. As if that weren’t enough, we top things off with another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, this time presenting a Rocky Jordan story that is about as Noir as they get.
In a lot of ways, this one is a variety show, and I couldn’t be more pleased with this kind of thing. This is certainly a good way to prepare for the show that we’re putting on at the end of July, featuring some doom and drone metal combos that you will not want to miss. (Including Herd William and Don Haugen.) But more than anything, this has the feel of a show that I wish I had tuned in at home, scanning the dial, looking for something new to hear.
And that, alone, is an accomplishment in and of itself.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Destroy All Bring New (preview) * Aldo Calrissian * Destroy All Bring New (preview) * Unreleased (2017)
Part II: PDQ Playlist
02.) Music Is (Part I) * Austin Rich * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: Swing Into Things
03.) Music Is (Part II) * Austin Rich * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: Herd of Mouth
04.) Live Performance I * Herd William * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
05.) Interview Part I * Herd William * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Word of Mouth * Herd William * Black Metal Herd * Self-Released (2012)
Part V: Herd’s Remains
07.) Live Performance II * Herd William * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
08.) Interview Part II * Herd William * 30 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Our Remains * Herd William * Herd William * Self-Released (2012)
Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater
10.) The Big Heist * The Adventures of Rocky Jordan * 20 November 1949 * CBS Radio (1949)
I’m constantly impressed with the Corvallis music scene, and there is a very impressive collection of artists right now who are all working in very specific, and very cool, areas of experimental music. So it has been a lot of fun to get to know these folks, and feature their music on the show. And just in time, too. This weekend there are a million excellent shows happening, and all three of these groups are playing a few times this weekend. All in all this show featured four live performances by three artists you will see playing live 25 June 2017 at The Space Concert Club, as part of our Sunday Service series, and I urge you to come and see this stuff in action. It is unlike anything you’ve seen or heard before.
This is the second time Chemotroph has been on the show, and his stuff is consistently impressive, and tells an almost ambitious story of humanizing synths finding their voice. This was my first time meeting Grease Beast, but watching music evolve from incredible beats was quite a lot of fun. Then there’s Luthor Maggot, bringing new and old modular pieces together to create one of the most elegant audio presentations I’ve heard in quite some time, and yet it very clearly fell under the experimental label in every possible way.
These are just half of the artists that are playing this weekend at The Space. You should check it out, and see some locally grown electronic music.
In this episode I decided to break format slightly, and feature a band that is only somewhat experimental, if only in attitude and approach. Bitches In The Beehive are a folk / pop combo that veers into psychedelic from time to time, and jumped at the chance to perform two sets of live music for our Summer Pledge Drive show. While this isn’t a strictly “experimental” show, don’t let that fool you.
The Bitches get down and dirty, kicking out the jams and getting pretty weird, too, all in the name of helping us raise money for KMUZ.
While Mid-Valley Mutations is (and will always be) built on a foundation of experimentalism, for the Summer Pledge Drive, I wanted to meet the usual KMUZ audiences half-way, while still maintaining the weird roots that my listeners have come to enjoy. That is why this episode begins with the live music of this group, segues into an interview at the beginning of Hour 2, and then gets downright strange at the very end, as MKUltramegaphone bust out and over-the-phonelines jam the likes of which you probably have never heard. It’s an action-packed show and we are very excited to bring it to you.
Radio means quite a bit to me, and when we have these fundraisers it is really hard to imagine what it must sound like to the listeners at home. I know that when I was younger, Pledge Drive shows could be a bit hard to listen to. So, for everyone that donates, I am putting my money where my mouth is. If you make a donation to KMUZ, I will give you a record from my personal collection, as a thank you for your continued support of experimental radio in the Salem Area. This should could not – and would not – exist if KMUZ wasn’t dedicated to making community radio, and for that, I urge you to help support them.
Thanks again for making this show what it is, and for being as dedicated to music and media that makes quite a few people very, very happy.
Pledge Drive Special: Bitches In The Beehive, LIVE!
Part I: It’s Our Pledge Drive Special!
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
Part II: Gettin’ Riled Up
02.) Live Set 1 * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: A Pledge Drive Reminder
03.) Austin’s Spiel
Part IV: Busy
04.) Live Set 2 * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part V: Lemony
05.) Live Set 2 (Continue) * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part VI: Get To Know The Bitches
06.) Interview * Bitches In The Beehive * 20 May 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part VII: Phone Phreaks
07.) What’s The Password? * MKUltramegaphone * 9 June 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
(As per the request of the band, their name has been changed to “The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts.”)
Free improvisation is difficult by nature, and the practitioners of this kind of music often realize that it has to become a lifestyle before it can really become great music.
Fortunately, there is a thriving and incredible free-improv scene in Oregon right now, with a number of great collectives and groups forming to produce some incredible sounds. And, as I’m sure you could guess, this is perfect for Mid-Valley Mutations, because I get a chance to introduce listeners to groups like The Unraveling of Mrs. Potts.
Consisting of new and older members of the local scene, this group is working hard to continue to lessons learned from free-improv of the past, while incorporating elements of electronic noise and rock music gracenotes to incorporate some of the interesting musical developments of the last couple decades. But at the heart of this kind of music is jazz, a
kind that is focused on musical exploration and experimentation that speaks to the center of what our show is all about. Currently, there isn’t much outside of the few tracks on their Soundcloud Page, and I would keep a link to their WordPress Page, too, for news. But all of that speaks more to the live experience of Toadstool than anything else. When you are in the room with these gents, there is an electricity to the performance that is both breathtaking and exquisite. And, lucky for you, it’s all here on our program this week.
In this episode, join us for two live sets, and an interview. And, to cap things off, we present another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, this week with Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. It’s all part of the way we like to kick-start the weekend.
We also mention the Pledge Drive, which begins 3 June and runs through 9 June. For the drive, I’m offering a record from my personal collection as a gift to everyone who donates to KMUZ. Get a cool record and keep the station on the air! And, let people like Toadstool have a place for them on local radio.
Salem is no stranger to metal, or even stoner rock, but Beef Kitchen is something truly special: a very weird combo, comprised of long-time musicians who have come to perfect their own tonal language, who free-form their way through blissed out atmospheres combined with slabs of riffage, indecipherable lyrics, metronomic drums, and an attitude toward improvisation and ebbing with the flow that you don’t often see in a group that identifies as “loud.” The fact that these guys just do not give a fuck, and want to play music they love as often a possible, is also a testament to the Salem-ness of this combo. Nothing is gonna get this cattle to change it’s hooves, and you wouldn’t want to, anyway. Beef Kitchen is perfect just the way they are, and I think you’ll realize that when you listen to what they coo
ked up for this performance.
Join us for a two hour presentation where we get to hear two live sets by local rockers Beef Kitchen, and wonderful interview placing their group in the context of the historic Salem music scene, and get a taste of what it’s like on their side of the butcher’s table. This might be a little different than the usual format, but listeners to this show know of my love of loud rock music, but also of the weirder permutations of that variety. This might not be the usual kinds of oddness that you are accustomed to tuning in for, but I think that you’ll find experi-metal to be just as satisfying as anything electronic that you might happen to enjoy.
And, if you want a little text with your radio, here’s the story I wrote about them for the Salem Weekly, regarding their debut release. And, as if that weren’t enough, we also include another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, to close out the show. It’s a mega-sized episode and it is ready for you.
This also marks the one-year anniversary of this program on KMUZ. While we didn’t really get into that much on the show, I want to thank KMUZ for letting Mid-Valley Mutations grow and develop into the thing that now lumbers onto the air at 10 PM on a Friday night. While this is only the most recent chapter in my radio story, the people at KMUZ have never interfered with the show, never asked me to change anything, and have supported me in making a show that I believe in. That’s really important in the world of radio, and is something to be nurtured and treasured in the changing media landscape. Thank you, KMUZ, for making Mid-Valley Mutations possible, and for making radio in the mid-valley sound so much better.
Now, enter the Beef Kitchen.
Beef Kitchen, LIVE! (TBD)
Part I: Undertaking
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) untitled [Track 4] * Хапчык * Хапчык * Self-Relased (2017)
03.) Undertaking * The Giant Worm * Specimen 15 April 2017 * unreleased (2017)
Between last week’s incredible show featuring Vortex Remover, and the punk rock blast we got from Just Kitten tonight, The Meaning of Life party promises to be pretty fuckin’ dope this weekend. Eight bands, two venues, and 42 years, all brought together to enjoy good music. If you’re not doing anything, come out and enjoy the show.
Because at The Fifty, Just Kitten will be debuting in front of audiences. And on this show, you can preview all their songs, and get a taste for what they’re all about. I’ve done this a few times over the years, and there is something very special about a band at the first stages of their work. It is never polished, it is never how the band turns out in the end, but there is an energy and a momentum to the earliest phases of a band that I find incredibly compelling, and for that, Just Kitten delivers in spades.
Half Interweb Joke, and deadly serious the rest of the time, this is down home, queer cat punk rock the way it was meant to be. So often the airwaves have a straight (male) perspective, and even if it is just to have fun and make a lot of noise, I find that it is endlessly more entertaining to present that other perspective, and get to know what these kittens are all about.
The line-up this weekend is crazy, and throughout the show I pepper the presentation with the other acts on the bill. And they, podcast listeners get a bonus track: MKUltramegaphone, performing live in Portland in March. They’re closing out the show on Sunday, and bringing this party weekend to and end. Seems fitting we should end the podcast this way, too.
This show was a lot of fun, and really, you’ve gotten hear it to believe it. And in that regard, you are lucky.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Performance [Excerpts] * Trés Gone * 16 March 2013 * What’s This Called? (2013)
03.) House * The Long Division Trio * House * Self-Released (????)
Part II: The Taylor Household File Structure
05.) SOPA (I Am Undecided) * /root_DIR * EP * Self-Released (2013)
06.) Space Unicorn * Gordon Taylor * E.P. * Self-Released (2013)
Part III: Queer Cat Punk
08.) LIVE PERFORMANCE * Just Kitten * 28 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: A Talking Cat?
14.) evil lab ambience * Leigh Stevens * evil lab ambience * Self-Released (????)
15.) Live Interview * Just Kitten * 28 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: JKDJ.
16.) Cheese Farm (Radio Edit) MARC & The Horsejerks * Cheese Farm * Bandcamp.com (2014)
17.) Jazz Crimes * The Last Artful, Dodgr & Neill Von Tally * Bone Music * Bandcamp.com (2017)
18.) Dramamine * Modest Mouse * This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About * Up Records (1996)
19.) The World Political * C.P. * The Beatles * Deathbomb Arc Records (2004)
20.) Codine Eyes * Dreamcrusher * Quid Pro Quo EP * Bandcamp.com (2016)
21.) With Shotguns * Songs For Moms * I Used To Believe In The West * Bandcamp.com (2009)
22.) I Wish I Was Him * Noise Addict * The Taste In My Eyes * Fellaheen Records (1993)
23.) Hardly Wait * PJ Harvey * 4-Track Demos * Island Records (1993)
24.) Sin Guía, No * Juana Molina * Wed 21 * Sony Music (2013)
Among the many reasons that I have become a huge supporter of these home-town heroes is that they have songs about tea. (And, as rumor would have it, a forthcoming release that will feature a number of songs about tea in various ways.) So any chance I get to put the kettle on for these gents just feels right. There is a certain amount of Douglas Adams in me that constantly feels like I’m wandering around in my dressing gown trying to find a creature comfort that just doesn’t exist in this universe, and when you meet people like Vortex Remover, you have to respond with healthy enthusiasm, because you get the impression that they feel that way, too.
In some ways, this might veer a little off the “experimental” path, so for those of you who are already loosing interest because they don’t make harsh noise or drones, fear not. While some elements of what they do might veer into the world of rock music, their is a strangeness to the instrumentation, the songwriting… Vortex Remover is probably more experimental than some of the noise guys I’ve worked with just in terms of their lo-fi, stripped-down, anything-goes approach, and they are painfully DIY, given that they build their own gear, do all their own recording, and create some of the most compelling sounds I’ve heard out of a drum stick and mini-amp. Vortex Remover might have a little more “pop” and “rock” in their tunes than a lot of the stuff I play usually does, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t one of the weirdest things you’ll ever hear, and you’ll get what I mean when you start to hear them play.
What follows is a casual, technical-difficulty-laden, but otherwise very fun evening with a pair who have such a specific vision for the music they make that words truly fail to describe them, and if that sounds exciting to you, then you’ll get why I’m such a fan. While they are of few words when it comes to the interview portion of this program, they more than deliver in terms of excellent live music, which just gets better as the show goes on. (And, if you would like a little more conversation, might I recommend the recent interview that Julie and I did with them on our podcast.) Couple that with a short DJ set of their favorite tunes, and another installment of Dimestore Radio Theater, and this is a practically a super-sized broadcast.
Here’s to ridding your own house of any unneeded vortexes that may be in your home. These guys are pros.
In 2015 Bob and I played a show together at Mothership Music (as part of the group I sometimes perform with, Dead Air Fresheners). The show was incredible, but what stood out for me what how I managed to get his songs stuck in my head from that night. Where so many experimental acts do everything to resist certain kinds of musicality, Bob managed to synthesize heartfelt, earnest performances with extremely experimental performance and structural techniques, and emphasized improvisation over other skill and attributes.
And yet, stumbling out of this music store that night, I was humming Bob’s tunes. He was clearly surrounded by friends and fans at that show, but from that moment on, I was one of them.
Bob’s record label, Personal Archives, has been a supporter of this program since the beginning, and this isn’t the first time he’s graced our airwaves. (We did a ton of tour support for him in 2016, which culminated in a phone interview in October.) What I’ve really enjoyed about getting to know Bob is that he is as much musician as he is philosopher, and he manages to give me both those and more facets of his incredible personality, all in this live radio event.
This one sort of speaks for itself: two friends, hanging out, with music in their hearts. I have a feeling you’re gonna like this one.
Part I: “Between Personal Ineptness and the adage ‘Never Meet Your Heroes.'”
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) When In Home Do As The Homans Do * Conformity Contortion Perception Management * Personal Archives (2017)
03.) Live Performance * Bob Bucko Jr. * 3 April 2015 At Mothership Music * Unreleased (2015)
Part II: Heart
04.) Performance 1 * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: Head
05.) Interview * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
06.) Live Performance * Bob Bucko Jr. * 4 April 2015 on What’s This Called? * What’s This Called? (2015)
07.) Live Performance * Bob Bucko Jr. * 25 June 2011 at Unforgivable Records * Unreleased (2011)
Part IV: Soul
08.) Performance 2 * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) Torture Mocks Once At Every Man’s Boredom * Conformity Contortion Perception Management * Personal Archives (2017)
Part V: One More
10.) Performance 2 * Bob Bucko Jr. * LIVE 14 April 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Shed No Tears * Bob Bucko Jr. * 2017 Spring Tour * Personal Archives (2017)
Part VI: Dimestore Radio Theater Presents
12.) The Little Man Who Wasn’t All There * Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar * 29 October 1949 * CBS Radio (1949)
When I first saw a post on MyFacester+ Twinstablr, I wasn’t sure if it was real or not. “Corvallis Experiments In Noise.” While I knew that there were other undiscovered music scenes throughout every state, there was something about it that seems far to up my alley – and far too aligned with the kinds of stuff I’m already working on – that it seemed like a no-brainer to try and set something up. Immediately, I was greeted by Chris, performer in plenty of groups and the mastermind behind the monthly shows they’ve been putting on for years now.
When I suggested that he should bring in a few acts to play on the show, he hand-picked six groups that he felt would work well in a radio environment. I was floored; I went from not knowing anything about what they were doing out there, to having their scene intersecting with my own. It was a perfect match, in the time since I booked this radio gig and today’s date, we’ve already collaborated twice other live events (both in Corvallis and Salem). It seemed, as excited as I was to find Chris, he was also stoked to find Mid-Valley Mutations; he’s been trying to find connections in Salem ever since he started booking shows. We were meant for each other.
What follows are six live performances by regular participants in the Corvallis Noise scene, plus a live jam for the podcast-only listeners with MKUltramegaphone and all six of these artists.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is something very special happening in Eugene. It is probably the six years that I spent there during first tentative journey’s outside the nest, and the people I met while I lived there exposed me to so much stuff that has shaped me in the years since. In particular, the members of Cathead (which I later joined) made a huge impression on me with the music the forced me to see / listen to, and among the many early impressions that were made on me, a Holy Rodent show (in which Don played) exposed me to noise, percussion-heavy experimentation, power tools on stage, and music that has continued to inform me, right up to this very program you are now hearing.
With that in mind, it feels like a big accomplishment to get this 30 year veteran of music into the studio, to show off what he does best. It’s been great to re-connect with Don, not only because he is a lifer in a world that burns out so many artists before they do their best work, but because he is so supportive of acts new and old, trying to help them find a place where it is often hard to fit in. Don’s work is so personal, so far away from many of the usual guidelines that experimental and noise music offers, and creates textures and tones that are brutal, haunting, delicate, and sublime, all things that continue to be an important part of my musical diet.
This show is very casual, and we talk for longer than I’ve ever chewed the ear of a guest. But we get three live sets during this show: two from Don, and one with MKUltramegaphone leading the way. (Four live sets if you count the recording of Don’s performance from 11 March 2017, but, you know.) What comes through in this show is the sense of community; sharing stories about gigs, bands we used to know, and the life of an artist in a world that can often be indifferent – and at times, actively working against you. Don is an overlooked gem in this world, an honest artist with a family and a regular day job, who had been consistently making incredible work for longer than the lifespan of at least 10 indie rock bands combined.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Side A * Don Haugen * Bass Bones & Cross Tones * L’eclipse Nue Records (2016)
03.) Live Performance * Don Haugen * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part II: First
04.) LIVE 1 * Don Haugen * 24 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: Chat
05.) Interview * Don Haugen * 17 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: Second
06.) LIVE 2 * Don Haugen * 24 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part V: Third (w/ MKU)
07.) A Dream, A Nightmare * Don Haugen w/ MKUltramegaphone * 24 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
It is so easy to get bogged down in the joy and value of nostalgia, and to combat that, I have made an earnest effort to keep the content of this program fairly new, as often as possible. I certainly go on a jag where I play all of my favorite weird old records, but I try to balance it by featuring new music as often as possible the rest of the time. Or, in some cases, live music.
But with Red Panda Death March, we’re taking that as far as we can go. While I’ve known Joe for a few years now, and he has always made what one could call “punk” music, this is a new project, in a new “genre,” and at best, is merely months old. There’s something about the newness of it all that is very appealing; capturing a new project in the incubation period of development is very informative, and with this particular group, I think we have something special.
At two hours, we lay down some serious wall-to-wall music, with two sets by RPDM and a collaboration with MKU in the second hour. And, not much
Red Panda Death March, LIVE! (#43)
Part I: Bass Cross Tones
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Side B * Don Haugen * Bass Bones & Cross Tones * L’eclipse Nue Records (2016)
Part II: You’re Riding On The Internet
03.) The Internet * Red Panda Death March * I Wasn’t At That Meeting * Bandcamp.com (2017)
04.) LIVE * Red Panda Death March * 17 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
05.) Sunday Morning Coming Down * Red Panda Death March w/ Austin Rich * I Wasn’t At That Meeting * Bandcamp.com (2017)
Part III: My Gear Runs Flawlessly With No Issues
06.) Interview * Red Panda Death March * 17 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: Happy St. Patrick’s Day, One And All
07.) LIVE AGAIN * Red Panda Death March * 17 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part V: Three (3) w/ MKU
08.) My Ignorance Is Just As Good As Your Knowledge * Red Panda Death March w/ MKUltramegaphone * 17 March 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
09.) That’s The Thanks You Get * Red Panda Death March * I Wasn’t At That Meeting * Bandcamp.com (2017)
The last time Kyle Stant & Jerry Soga were on the program – as part of Fiasco – we received an over 50 minute long live performance that was not only incredible, but bulged to exceed the broadcast before and after. When they suggested that their new combo should come in for a session, I jumped at the chance, especially considering that they are now playing with David Morgan, formerly of Smegma.
The three of them have been making quite a bit of noise already as part of their new combo, Хапчык, but this music is new new new! In keeping with one of the traditions of this show, they have only just begun playing together in the past few months, and that sort of freshness is what we strive for on our program.
In-studio tonight we also have MKUltramegaphone, who will jam with Хапчык in the back half of the show. This is in preparation for our live show tomorrow in Seattle, where we are making our public debut. But in this setting, we’re merely playing with these accomplished improvisers, so is a rare treat that you just can’t find on other shows.
No interview. Very little talk. For this one, it’s all about the music. And in a way, that’s perfect.
This show has been quite a while in the making, and largely due to some serious scheduling conflicts with weather and family. But now, finally, we are able to present a collaboration that has been several months in the making. Prepare yourself, as we introduce you to a character named Ethan, all part of The Jeremy Hight Show.
Jeremy is an author and writer who is one of many people working to make art and culture a lot more interesting in the 21st Century. Most of his work is not published is a “books” proper, but is spread about the Inter-Web-A-Tron in non-traditional forms, and in places you would never expect. (One story of his I read was available inside of a Facebook Event invitation, that was then deleted and erased after a period of time, and already I’ve forgotten what it was about…) There was a part of me that really liked the idea of one of his stories winding up in a podcast somehow, and then knew what I had to do.
For this show we are offering you two short stories that feature the character of Ethan: A Sort of Evolution, and 4532 Oak Drive. Neither have seen print in any convention fashion, and 4532 Oak Drive has been broken up and published in various nooks and crannies of this vast digital world we inhabit, and has only been together in one continuous piece on this program. I’d be quick about getting this one. As the weeks go by, it might be hard to remember what this one sounds like. If you would like more information about Jeremy Hight, you can visit his blog at: mirroredsteps.blogspot.com. He may return an e-mail sent to email@example.com. Who knows?
This is our regular Pledge Drive show, and with that in mind, we urge you to visit kmuz.org and make a donation to keep community radio on the air. Everyone who makes a donation to KMUZ in the name of Mid-Valley Mutations will receive a copy of the new Volume 1 Compilation. It features live music recorded on our program, and is an excellent gift for the person who made a donation to keep our show on the air.
There’s a lot of words in this one, so I’ll just let it do the rest of the talking.
For those of you who missed Derek Johnson’s great live performance on KPSU the other day, fear not! The wonder of modern technology has enabled us to capture sound recordings in a digital form, for your consumption. This brand new technology will no doubt revolutionize your life soon enough, but today it has allowed for this marvel to bring the past into the present at any future time of your choosing.
Thanks again to KPSU for letting me host, this, Ricardo Wang for being hard up and needing to make real money that day, and of course, Derek Johnson for rushing into the studio at the last second and still pulling off a great performance.
In 2006 I was called by Ricardo Wang, who wanted me to meet (and run sound for) his friend Derek Johnson, a cellist and performer who already had some impressive credits to his name, even then. I love reflecting on experiences like this, because over 10 years later, we’re still collaborating to make excellent live radio, even if there are a few years between hanging out.
But hanging out is so much fun, because his approach to music is equal parts excellent performer, electronic wizardry, improvised musicality, and an excellent ear for what to play next. It’s a treat to see him so often in one weekend. His show last night at the Fifty Pub & Grub was fantastic, but for the radio audience, his performance is much more focused, and in many ways, quite intense.
But that’s not all! As part of a bonus, extended version of the program, MVM hosts MKUltramegaphone collaborate with Derek for a second set of live musical oddities that you can only find on our program. This is what I really hope the program can be more like; while I have always enjoyed the shows I did on my own, having guests to collaborate with really takes the show in unique (and exciting) directions. MKUltramegaphone is about to make some live appearances, so if you live in Oregon and you like Mid-Valley Mutations, you can come and see us do it live, very, very soon.
The KMUZ Pledge Drive starts tomorrow, and with that, you should consider becoming a member of the station supporters who keep us on the air. Mid-Valley Mutations listeners can visit our Bandcamp Page, and make a purchase in the name of KMUZ. All money I earn through that page will be donated to the Pledge Drive, so that KMUZ can keep us on the air and let us keep doing what we enjoy doing so well. If you like our show, and what us to keep it up, please, support the station, any way you can.
This show works best by letting it wash over you, so sit back for an excellent presentation by Derek M. Johnson Love. LIVE!
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Set Two * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live At The Fifty Pub & Grub 9 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
03.) Live Set * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live 23 September 2006 * What’s This Called? (2006)
Part II: I’m Under Your Cell Window
04.) Set * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live 6 December 2008 * How’s It Named? (2008)
05.) Live Performance * Derek M. Johnson Love * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part III: The Black Arts
06.) The Black Arts (Live Performance) * MKUltramegaphone w/ Derek M. Johnson Love * 10 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
07.) Set Two * Derek M. Johnson Love * Live At The Fifty Pub & Grub 9 February 2017 * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Pressing on into new territory, we find ourselves here, cashing in on a noted celebrity to help keep the program “current.” Perhaps the AV Club will profile our show now that we’re dedicating an hour to the work of Leigh Stevens, knowing that they will be able to siphon clickthroughs by stealing my thunder? Who can say? The music will speak for itself, in the end, even if the crumpled suit and Bob Barker microphone I’m using to see the the program isn’t wining over any converts.
Did someone say gimmicks? Because we’ve got ’em. Consider this a debut of sorts for MKUltramegaphone, a new combo of sorts, who added audio commentary and texture to the program throughout the hour. Cut-ups and electro-wizardry layered with studio soundscapes and original musical compositions. As I walk up and down the audience walkway, paying more attention to my microphone cable than anything else, I ask: what more could you want?
Well, cliché, simile, cliché. Because, etc, and so on. As a tribute to all The Waiters out there who are always fashionably ready for anything, we offer them these new opportunities to listen for the name-sake recordings buried deep within within this program, in a way only our ferns at Firesign Theater can deliver. In-jokes within in-jokes! It’s enough to leave anyone puzzled & befuddled.
Special thanks to Leigh Stevens, musician and engineer, for supplying the bulk of the audio material we played on the program today. Leigh has been making music since the early ’80’s, and is one of those rare, undiscovered gems that is lost in the deluge of modernity and digital audio. Tapes, man. It used to be about the tapes! (Shakes head back and forth.) If you dig his stuff, you can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.)  * Negativland * Negativland * Seeland Records (1980)
03.) Waiting For The Electrician Or Someone Like Him * Firesign Theater * Waiting For The Electrician Or Someone Like Him * Columbia Records (1968)
04.) Larry Lambo * Leigh Stevens * Larry Lambo * Self-Released (2006) * [Leigh’s Note: “digitally warped youtube sounds”]
05.) Down On Foster’s Farm * Leigh Stevens w/ James Mereness * Down On Foster’s Farm * Self-Released (1988) * [Leigh’s Note: “James – sound effects CDs, Emulator II sampler, synthesizers, digital manipulation, and 24-track tape.”]
06.) Subway Ambience * Leigh Stevens * Subway Ambience * Self-Released (2000)
07.) Farmer Taxi Dub * Leigh Stevens * Farmer Taxi Dub * Self-Released (1985) * [Leigh’s Note: “¼” audio tape – a normal rehearsal interrupted by random taxi radio interference.”]
Part II: The Rio Surf Tango
08.) Rio Surf * Leigh Stevens * Rio Surf * Self-Released (1996) * [Leigh’s Note: “minidisc recording, 2 pressure-zone microphones placed 50’ apart – the ocean at São Conrado beach on a stormy night in Rio de Janiero”]
09.) Easter 1984 * Leigh Stevens w/ James Mereness & Frank Oswald * Easter 1984 * Self-Released (1989) * [Leigh’s Note: “TV and other found sound, Emulator II sampler, synthesizers, digital manipulation, and 24-track tape.”]
10.) Waterworld Ambience * Leigh Stevens * Waterworld Ambience * Self-Released (2011)
11.) Tel Aviv Tango * Leigh Stevens w/ James Mereness & Frank Oswald * Tel Aviv Tango * Self-Released (1990) * [Leigh’s Note: “TV and other found sound, Emulator II sampler, synthesizers, digital manipulation, and 24-track tape – jamming in the studio with Saddam and Peter Jennings on live TV, also featuring the SFX track from the film “Predator” played in reverse.”]
Part III: Stranded On LSD Island
12.) LSD Island * Leigh Stevens * LSD Island * Self-Released (1996) * [Leigh’s Note: “tape loop, digital sampler and DX-7 synthesizer
13.) Edge Effects * Leigh Stevens * Edge Effects * Self-Released (1970 – 1993) * [Leigh’s Notes: “found sound, ¼” tape, Pro Tools – in the days of audio tape recording, economic pressures forced musicians to use tape stock from wherever it could be obtained, including 1960s State Department Mandarin language training tapes. These tapes were then recorded over multiple times with different projects and experiments, until the spaces between songs became filled with overlapping snippets and remnants of a highly dubious nature. Short samples of these were randomly assembled.”
14.) Sakamoto2 * Leigh Stevens * Sakamoto2 * Self-Released (2012) * [Leigh’s Notes: “thousands of tiny sound effects recombinated”]
15.) Weirder Science * Leigh Stevens * Weirder Science * Self-Released (2012) * [Leigh’s Note: “digital soundfiles of business meetings, processed with iPhone app and Pro Tools.”]
* Throughout the program, horridus & Austin as MKUltramegaphone were mixing samples and other bits to create the final product. The notes for these recordings are:
short granular samples / excerpts / loops :
0. Jack Kerouac Reads from “On The Road” * Jack Kerouac *Jack Kerouac Reads from “On The Road” * youtube.com (September 14, 1999)
1. 1950s Housewife Tries LSD * 1950s Housewife * 1950s Housewife Tries LSD * youtube.com * (2013)
2. Magic Trip * Ken Kesey * Magic Trip * youtube.com (2011)
3. Latcho Drom * Tony Gatlif * Latcho Drom * youtube.com * (1993)
4. live ringing witches bells
There’s no better way to start the new year off than with some live music, and for this show, we offer you that in droves… spread out over two hours! horridus of devilsclub curates a set of music by his favorite artists, who submitted tracks (and in some cases, recorded tracks) specifically for this broadcast!
But that’s not all! Not only do we get down and jam out on four different live performances, but The Dead Air Fresheners unveil a new demo of a song that will be performed at Ricardo Wang’s 50th Birthday, a show you do not want to miss, AND Uneasy Chairs calls in to play live and talk about what he’s been up to. (In fact, we discuss his recent outdoor performance, which you can hear on his Bandcamp Page.) This is a stellar set of artists, all working toward delivering New Music as part of the first show of the New Year. We also have New Sponsors! It’s the complete package, and we couldn’t be more proud.
devilsclub was not only the first live band I had on this version of the program, but has been a huge supporter of Mid-Valley Mutationssince the very beginning, so it feels right to start 2017 off with him in the studio. The centerpiece of three of our performances tonight comes from a ’60’s sci-fi program, Theater Five, and is a continuation of the work we did on our previous collaboration. This one is called, “Outside Time,” and I like the story as it seems to reflect some of the ideas and thoughts I’ve been having lately. I love the sounds we have been getting when we work together, and we’ve been talking about other projects and ideas for the future. Consider this the beginning of something to come, and I will leave it at that.
The backbone of the show, however, is the curated playlist of music by some of horridus’ favorite artists, as we had done way back when in episode 10. These are people who get little to no radio exposure as part of their usual creative lives, and yet are taking chances and making art that is both compelling and fascinating, and representative of music that has almost no home in the world of radio. horridus and I could do shows like this every week, for years on end, and still never scratch the surface. Hopefully we can use this opportunity to feature and highlight some of the hidden corners of the musical landscape that are often overlooked. There are links and more information below. Please, take some time to seek out this stuff. You will not be sorry.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Outside Time * Theater Five * 1 September 1964 Broadcast * ABC Radio (1964)
03.) Sonic Evening * Chaotic Morphs & Ann-Helen Schølberg * Live At Izakaya, Oslo (Kristiansund), Norway * Self-Released (2016) * Artist’s Note: “Live recording from my record / cassette Q; from the release party December 11th 2016. RADIO EDIT.”
04.) zzyzx * devilsclub * zzyzx * Soundcloud.com (2016)
05.) Help! My phantom limb is missing * Boson Spin * Help! My phantom limb is missing * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “Stan Magendanz (aka Boson Spin, Brisbane, Australia) has been creating ambient, dark ambient & experimental electronic music since 2005. After decades of obsessing over the music of electronic artists such as Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Brian Eno, Robert Rich & James Johnson (to name but a few), he decided to give this ‘music making thing’ a go. Much to his wife’s annoyance, Stan now spends a lot of his after work & weekend relaxation time creating music & posting it to his Soundcloud page.”
06.) D2345678901234567890123 * Carla ɟra Helles7ed * D2345678901234567890123 * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “looking for ideas of politics and its consequences” .. “one or the other, good or bad still the same, trying new ways” .. “transmissions” .. “just feeling, and tooling to make sense, bone structure” .. “a thing that falls mutates along the way” Denmark
10.) Painting The Zebra House (Demo) * Dead Air Fresheners *Painting The Zebra House (Demo) * Performed via Phone for Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
11.) Fog and Steam * XRMX * Fog and Steam * disquiet0254 (2016) * Artist’s Note: “All the sounds in ‘Fog and Steam’ are derived from two short recordings; a railroad engine steam whistle, and a fog horn… manipulated by a lot of cutting, splicing, pitch-shifting, and other effects.”
12.) A Man Who Smokes * Austin Rich * A Man Who Smokes * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
13.) 6 January 2017 Weather Report (Live!) * devilsclub & The Weather Computer * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
14.) New Green Cans! * Austin Rich * New Green Cans! * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
Part IV: Uneasy Chairs / devilsclub, LIVE!
15.) Live Performance * Uneasy Chairs w/ devilsclub * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
16.) Interview * Uneasy Chairs * Interview * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
17.) Tectonic Subduction * Rumblin Cynth Rampo * Tectonic Subduction * Soundcloud.com (2017) * Artist’s Note: “Track created for play on Salem Oregon’s Radio KMUZ Mid Valley Mutation show which will be broadcast Friday 6th Jan 2017 at 10pm Pacific Daylight Time or around 0400 GMT. Track created using Eurorack synth, recordings of bubbles and the mine winding engine at the Big Pit museum in Blaenafon museum.wales/bigpit/.” Wales.
Part IV: Time To Go Into Space
18.) Clown Interrogation * Dan Johnson * Clown Interrogation * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: Derby
19.) Outside Time (Part 1) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
20.) Spiral Down * STRIGOI * Spiral Down * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “STRIGOI is a experimental music/drone artist, based in Vienna/ Austria. Strigoi´s music may sound very aggressive sometimes, but all pieces are expressions of pure love. We are living in tough times, and STRIGOI is the reaction of a peaceful mind. Worldwide stupidity must end. No more wars, no more earning money on war, no more exploitation of humans, animals and nature. No more stupid ideologies. That what it´s all about. SPIRAL DOWN was recorded in the wake of the Orlando shooting. The music speaks for itself. Madness must stop. NOW.”
21.) Mrs. Evans * Austin Rich * Mrs. Evans * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
22.) Let’s Go! * Austin Rich * Let’s Go! * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
23.) Late Night Music * Slinky Cee * Late Night Music * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “I have been djing electronic and esoteric since the early nighties on and off but only started playing with first analog mono synths then modular synths in the last few years but I am hooked. This track “late night music” was recorded straight from my mixing desk after I found a patch I was happy with. It’s based around two AJH minimod vco’s which are having there base frequency modulated by an NLC sloth (a chaotic cv generator) then fed into a Doepfer ring modulator.” Melbourne, Australia
Part V: Live Weather
24.) 6 January 2017 Weather Report Two (Live!) * devilsclub & The Weather Computer * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
25.) Outside Time (Part 2) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
26.) Burn Your Family Down and Start Over * Zachary Zena Giberson * Light Blooms Upon the Infected Monument * Soundcloud.com (2017) * Artist’s Note: Austin, Texas.
27.) Camino a casa * Mareaboba * Camino a casa * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: ” ‘Camino a casa’ is a song by Mareaboba released Dec 2016. A mixture of psychedelic latin modular frequencies, a story of the road we take home, everyday, and somehow seems to be the same, but actually, is different each time we come back. The track was recorded live in Northwest Mexico and is part of a series of songs recorded on the same session.”
28.) Perfectly Square * Austin Rich * Perfectly Square * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
29.) Babylon the Great has Fallen * David M. Paganin * Babylon the Great has Fallen * Soundcloud.com (2016) * Artist’s Note: “David lives in Melbourne, Australia. He strives for emotive and genuinely innovative experimental sounds. It is important to him to seek his own sound, which respects and mutates his influences without being overwhelmed by their genius. Besides making music, his major interests are physics research, literature, psychology and gardening. This track reflects his long-time fascination with both the ancient city of Babylon, and with ancient languages. The spoken text is a conflation of Revelation 17:5 and 18:2, attempted in the original spoken Greek of two millennia past. It translates as: ‘Babylon the great // It has fallen // Babylon the great, the mother of the prostitutes and the abominations of the earth.’ ”
Part VI: Outro & Outside Time Finale
30.) Outside Time (Part 3) * devilsclub w/ Austin Rich * Live Performance * Mid-Valley Mutations (2017)
I first met Four Dimensional Nightmare in 2013, when I was tapped to run sound for a live gig he was doing on our sister program, What’s This Called? As was often the case with gigs like that, the music was unlike anything I’d heard before, and when it came time to book a pledge drive guest for my own program in 2014, he was eager to play again. This is something I’ve found with Four Dimensional Nightmare: no matter what the situation, no matter the circumstances, he is down to play a gig. He will drive all through the night for a chance to play a gig in the middle of nowhere, without compensation. The chance to play is everything.
While I usually have a lot of filigree on my shows, Four Dimensional Nightmare is not much of a talker, and I’ve never gotten him to say much in all the times I’ve had him on my program. But that actually leaves us with more time for the music, and you get plenty of that. In this episode, you get a nearly 30 minute performance of LIVE Sci-Fi influence electronic music, and you get samples of his past work, all from the comfort of you living room. This performance is a bit unusual, because this is one of two gigs that are happening at radio stations, because he is playing tomorrow at 12 Noon, on What’s This Called?If you liked what you heard, you have another chance to hear it.
During some behind the scenes conversations, I have been able to get a little bit out of him with regards to how Four Dimensional Nightmare works. Often accompanied with a guitar, this work is a highly personal expression of ideas that continue to evolve, even after the project has established itself. This music is more about vistas than short bursts, and contains exotic explorations in favor of predictable formulas. In the time I’ve know this artist I’ve come to find someone who is constantly exploring sounds that are not only beautiful in and of themselves, but are incredibly meaningful to the artist. With that in mind, what good would an interview do us, anyway?
You could make a case for Uneasy Chairs being a virtual co-host for our program, with the amount of music and collaboration we’ve done since this show got started. The idea of a live show was in the works from the beginning, but it isn’t always easy to coordinate schedules. We all have jobs and lives and it isn’t always easy to jet out of town for a week. But I managed to catch Uneasy Chairs on tour, with a show at The Space, then picking up another Portland gig Saturday Night, booked around an appearance on our program. It was pretty excellent, and we had to take advantage of the opportunity.
In the first hour of our program, catch three distinct sets by Uneasy Chairs, intermixed with a few recordings, interviews, and other free-improvised radio, which includes a jam between The Weather Computer and Uneasy Chairs that is pretty fantastic. I feel like we’ve become good friends through music and art, and it has been incredibly gratifying to not only have him perform on the show, but have such an excellent two days, offering to same a chance to really enjoy some fantastic live music.
And, as they say in the business, THAT’S NOT ALL. Comedian Nathan Pepperoni is on the bill too, not only at The Space, but also on Mid-Valley Mutations. He and his backing band – CEOs Inc. – deliver a very eccentric brand of comedy, and we fill large swaths of the second hour with Nathan’s patented humor that has himself in stitches.
Comedy – even experimental comedy – is not always successful on the radio, but when you play your cards right, something magical happens. Fortunately for the listeners at home, this hour is full of stories, music, and a very different sonic pallet than our first hour. This is not what you expect, in all the ways that phrase can embody, and this is certainly a radio broadcast that you will not forget.
I feel so fortunate that I get to do stuff like this, and when you get shows this good, it really drives the point home. I recommend you kick back with this one, because it will take you places.
05.) Performance 1 * Uneasy Chairs * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
06.) At Freeway Park * Ryosuke Kiyasu / Uneasy Chairs / Wilson Shook / Adam Levitt / Blake DeGraw Chloe Wicks / Jeff Johnson / Garrison Heck / Kalan Sherrard * Recorded live at Freeway Park in Seattle, Washington on August 16th, 2016 * Bandcamp.com (2016)
07.) Interview 2 * Uneasy Chairs * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
08.) Performance 2 * Uneasy Chairs * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
09.) Interview 3 * Uneasy Chairs * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
10.) The End Of The Line Is Also The Beginning Of The Line * Uneasy Chairs * The End Of The Line Is Also The Beginning Of The Line * Bandcamp.com (2016)
11.) Performance 3 * Uneasy Chairs * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
Nathan Pepperoni & CEOs Incorporated, LIVE!
12.) Performance 1 * Nathan Pepperoni & CEOs Inc. * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
13.) Teatro De La Psychomachia 4/25/14 * Adam Levitt * Live * Bandcamp.com (2015)
14.) Interview * Nathan Pepperoni & CEOs Inc. * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
15.) Performance 2 * Nathan Pepperoni & CEOs Inc. * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
16.) Cafe Racer 12/26/14 * Adam Levitt * Live * Bandcamp.com (2015)
17.) Performance 1 * CEOs Inc. * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
18.) Performance 3 * Nathan Pepperoni & CEOs Inc. * Mid-Valley Mutations * This Broadcast (2016)
19.) Gallery 1412 4/4/15 * Adam Levitt * Live * Bandcamp.com (2015)
20.) What Is Going On Here? * CEOs Inc. * CEOs Inc. * Bandcamp.com (2016)
When you do enough radio, you meet some incredible people who stick with you over the years. I met Monty O’Blivion, Nick Feratu and NickDave when they toured through Closet Radio in 2012. (Those three also play in an incredibly psychobilly group, The Limit Club.) For a long time I thought it was going to be a one-off thing, and this happens a lot in radio. You have a great afternoon, you share some drinks and maybe talk shop, then you’re MyFacester+ or Twinstablr friends for the rest of your lives. I had heard tale of the other group they play in – Manual Sex Drive – and hoped that they would hit the road eventually so I could see Monty’s brainchild. And this time, I also got to meet their other band members, Jhef Zurx & Aaron Hjalmarson.
As it so often happens, time passed. Then I got a ring from Monty: we’re on tour in the Fall, and passing through Salem on a Friday. He asked if I was interested in trying to set something up.
Was I interested?
What we have for you in this episode is a radio free-for-all, two hours long, where you get to experience the glory that is Manual Sex Drive. In this 120 minutes, you get two live sets by the group, get to hear a number of tracks from their forthcoming new record – Music Is Dead – that is not available anywhere by on THIS PROGRAM (and from the band itself) until October 14th, when it finally hits stores. We also chat with the group about making music, touring, and what it is all about.
The after-party, unfortunately, is not included.
Shows like this are always special to me, because getting to spend time with artists is a rare treat. Not only that, but this group of friends are very similar to the kinds of people I spent a lot of time with when I was in bands. Not only that, but any night you get to stay up late and talk about the secret true history of rock and roll, you know you are in for a good time.
This one is raw and un-edited, live and loud, and a good representation of what this band is like.
This is also our Pledge Drive Special, and KMUZ did an incredibly job or raising money to keep community radio on the air. I like to think that I helped in some way, by getting a great band and throwing a good “bash” at the end of the drive. The fact that we blew away our goal and raised over $10,000 is nothing to sneeze at. I like to think that having these guys on the show was definitely a part of it.
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Seven Figures * Manual Sex Drive * Music Is Dead * Self-Released (2016)
03.) Too Much Hate * Manual Sex Drive * Shindig Shakedown * WTBC Records (2014)
04.) Cutthroat Business * The Limit Club * This Is Cutthroat Business * Phantom Cat Records (2011)
05.) 21 Yr. Blues * Manual Sex Drive * Illumiphobia * Phantom Cat Records (2012)
06.) I’m Generic * Manual Sex Drive * Music Is Dead * Self-Released (2016)
07.) Breath In * Sex Funeral * Your Heaven Sucks * Personal Archives Records (2016)
Part II: Manual Sex Drive, LIVE!
06.) Manual Sex Drive, Live Set 1
07.) Your Heaven Sucks * Sex Funeral * Your Heaven Sucks * Personal Archives Records (2016)
08.) Manual Sex Drive Interview
09.) Serf Rock * Manual Sex Drive * Music Is Dead * Self-Released (2016)
10.) Manual Sex Drive, Live Set 2
Part III: To Hell With Poverty
11.) To Hell With Poverty * Gang Of Four * Another Day / Another Dollar * Warner Bros. Records (1982)
12.) The Muse Is Dead * Manual Sex Drive * Music Is Dead * Self-Released (2016)
When I first brought this show to KMUZ, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get live music to work. Salem is off the beaten path, the show is late at night on a Friday, and our station isn’t known for cutting edge, experimental acts. I mean, I’m trying to change, that, but the reputation certain didn’t proceed me. So, I’ve been very excited to see how many bands have responded positively to the show, not just because I play their music and talk about how great they are, but actually wanted to do something live on the show.
Live radio is one of the few special things left in this world that seems to carry with it something that has a little magic left in it, and it thrills me every single time. There’s something about having a band in the studio, gear turned up full blast, that makes the FM airwaves seem to rock that much harder, no matter how good the music might be. I’ve been hooked every since I started in the ’90’s – and before that, as a fan going back to the ’80’s – and it’s nice to see that, even in light of there being a million other alternatives that are vying for your time and attention, there are still some people who get a kick out of those live moments.
I was astonished when I made the off-hand suggestion that they should come and play on my show, and got such an emphatic, “Yes!” from the group. I had pitched that we should do something via Periscope, or some other digital service, giving them the chance to have as much comfort that it would increase their chances of doing the show. When they actually wanted to show up, I may have tipped my hand as to how excited I was. As a younger man, I took in several of their shows, and they are an incredible act that makes me excited to be an artist. Having them on the show is not on a dream come true, but a real pleasure that I will never forget.
Format-wise, this show is a little different than many of the shows I’ve done in the past. There are no audio overlays, I’m not mixing and matching a story overtop the performance, and there is no interview as part of this show. We agreed that, to really take in what Fiasco does, it should just be live. Their performance runs almost 50 minutes of the program, and this is a solid, stellar performance. It would have been inappropriate to do anything other than present the music, so that’s what you’re getting. Pure, un-cut Fiasco.
If you are not already doing so, I would recommend that you check out their Bandcamp Page, which is being constantly updated (and added to) with tons of incredible stuff. I would also check out their MyFacester+ Twinstablr Page, where you can find out about their shows (and occasional tours). Fiasco is something that needs to be seen, live, and if you have the chance, I urge you to do it.
Don’t forget to tune in next week, because we have DJ Victrola of The Guitar Shop coming in to spin records and tell stories about what it is like to be both a radio and music nerd in the 21st Century. (It’s also an excuse for us to hang out, as we just don’t get to see each other that often.)
I’ll say this up front: I’m pre-disposed to enjoy things from Eugene OR, as someone who spent a number of formative years there. There’s something about being 20 in a town where you see your first shows and have your first relationships that really sticks with you, no matter where you go afterward. There’s a fondness that I can’t shake, and when I hear new music and find out the artist is from Eugene, I listen a little closer.
My friends in /root_DIR mentioned that they had toured with Entresol a while back, and after checking out the stuff, I immediately reached out to try and set something up for our show, especially in light of their playing live in Salem on September 21st. Before long we had roped Entrail into hopping onto the gig, and pretty soon this hour of radio had turned into an FM split cassette, complete with phone interviews and everything. It sort of feels like an audio ‘zine, and I’m totally cool with that.
Usually when we have live guests on the show, it is about as live as it can get: the band sets up, we turn on the mics, and music happens on the radio. It’s pretty cool, the next best thing to being there. But in this case, we are using some radio magic to present this show. These sets were recorded last month by Entresol, and the phone calls were recorded a couple weeks ago by me. But you don’t really need to know that to enjoy the show. However, I did have to cut A LOT of material from the broadcast. There’s almost 10 minutes cut from the Entresol Performance, and five minutes cut from Entrail. And both of the interviews were three times longer than what you hear on the show. Don’t worry. That bonus material will surface real soon. I just couldn’t fit everything into an hour. Keep your ears aimed squarely over here, and you’ll find it soon enough.
I would urge you to check out Entresol live here in Salem Oregon on September 21st at The Space, performing with Orchards. It’s rare that cool shows like this happen anywhere, and this one has the MId-Valley Mutations seal of approval. You can also catch Entresol on tour if you live in selected places throughout Oregon & Washington, touring with Dalembert.
There’s some incredible shows coming in the next few weeks, and this is just a taste of things to come. Next week: are you ready, for Fiasco?
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Olga (The Dog) * Entresol * Then Short Songs About People I Know (EP) * Bandcamp.com (2016)
03.) Live Performance * Entresol * Live Performance * Recorded For This Broadcast (2016)
Part II: Hanging On The Telephone
04.) The Unappreciator (Two Ruminations) * Entresol * Syntaxes/The Unappreciator (EP) * Bandcamp.com (2016)
05.) Phone Call * Entresol & Austin * Phone Call * Recorded For This Broadcast (2016)
06.) machine+beautiful friend+mass [Excerpt I] * Entrail * Ursula * Bandcamp.com (2015)
07.) Phone Call * Entrail & Austin * Phone Call * Recorded For This Broadcast (2016)
Part III: Entrail
08.) Live Performance * Entrail * Live Performance * Recorded For This Broadcast (2016)
09.) machine+beautiful friend+mass [Excerpt II] * Entrail * Ursula * Bandcamp.com (2015)
Closing out Day 1 of our incredible Blas-Travaganza: the immortal Guyve! Now a three piece, and celebrating their 20th anniversary as a working band, Guyve have been friends of the show for a while, and every time I see them they have new chops that just blow my mind. Guyve create textures and atmospheres of metal and psychedelia that continue to mystify and blow minds. Guyve are not to be messed with, and when they agreed to play this show, I knew Day 1 would be fantastic.
These guys have always been cool guys, and the number of examples I have of their incredible awesomeness would fill a blog post of it’s own. They were also kind enough to contribute a fantastic song for our just-released comp, Lost In The Supermarket, available now on our Bandcamp site. Their last album – their first ever vinyl release – is a fantastic representation of their show, and as a three piece, they not only have an even fuller sound, but they are even cool with more nice band members. Really, I couldn’t have been happier to have them on the bill, and my only regret is that there were so many people who did not get to see them.
Fortunately, you can enjoy this podcast for the time being. Thanks again to all the people at East End, and all the people who attended the show, and got to see this awesome Performance.
Guyve snuck into the KPSU studios to air this super-secret performance, unannounced, to listeners and Farmer’s Market attendees. I took some photos, too. This was later turned into a limited-released “Live” album, that is currently out of print.
I’ve known Guyve for almost 10 years now, and this is not the first time we’ve worked together in the interest of radio. On three previous occasions these guys have performed their brand of psychedelic, instrumental experimentation, a quest they’ve been following for over 20 years, as evidenced by the wealth of audio output by these incredible performers.
Guyve got their start in Montana in 1993, but relocated to Portland at some point in the 2000s. I first met them in 2006, when they performed on KPSU‘s “Live Friday” Program, which I hosted at the time. They returned in 2009 to do a sneaky “impromptu” live performance very early in the morning before my show, which I also hosted, and then again in 2013 for the 15th Anniversary “Blas-travaganza” show at the now-defunct East End. Along the way they have not only been supporters of the program, have have often let me feature songs that are in the early stages of being fleshed out, and I even have a nice Test Pressing of their LP that I got to hear well before most everyone else.
I’ve met a lot of people over the almost 20 years I’ve been involved in radio, and often those people are flash-in-the-pan encounters, moments where you bond for one hour, and then they’re gone. But occasionally those people return again and again, and each time the encounter is rewarding in ways you could never have anticipated. Hopefully, this performance and interview will give you a chance to get to know this band the way I have, too.
(I should come clean: the members of Guyve did join me in the studio, where I did attempt to record them for broadcast. However, the recording did not come out. This show captures Guyve in rehearsal, back on 11 July 2016. While Parts of the recording from 15 August 2016 do appear in this episode, one the whole that is a lost performance, and we’re already arranging for a way to make another attempt. To be continued.)
As part of this special presentation, retrocasts from the previous times I’ve worked with Guyve will appear in the podcast feed. These are supplemental works, and well worth your time. They offer a chance to hear Guyve at two key periods: at the beginning of their work on Delaying The Inevitable, and during the end of that period, just before the record was finished. Then again, in 2013, when Justin had joined the band, and they offered a melding of what they were before, and what they would become during the current, improvisational period. If you use all four of these shows, you have a good representation of the last 10 years of the band.
The only other time I’ve interviewed Guyve was in 2006, and that is the source of the alternate interview clips you heard during the program. Justin wasn’t in the group at the time, but many of the comments are the same.
While it’s nice to fool around with pre-records like this, it is also an indication of how important it will be to get them back on the program, even more live than before. But, until then:
My vision for Mid-Valley Mutations was to offer a place for experimental music in this community, and with that in mind, I was very excited to be contacted by local artist devilsclub, an electronic experimental outfit that uses home brewed gear to create droney soundscapes and incredibly odd bleeps and bloops.
For this broadcast, we offer a live performance and interview with horridus of devilsclub, where we bring sounds that are being developed here in the mid-valley to you via the airwaves. Have you ever heard something coming from a house as you walked past? Is there a garage nearby where unusual sounds are pulsing and breaking trough our every day life? Chances are, devilsclub is behind that door, pumping out weirdness like this, for you.
This show was a lot of fun. As it happens, horridus and I know some of the same people, and share a lot of the same influences and interests. And, he asked me to make some cut-ups to play along with his performance. I was very excited to be a part of the show, and I think we had some very excellent moments that came through in the performances. It was a pleasure to talk to him, and I have a feeling we’ll be doing more work like this together in the near future.
For this show, there are two live sets, and an interview at the half-way point. Plus a few original tunes, too. It’s just another thing we try to bring you here, on Mid-Valley Mutations.
John and I worked together at KPSU back in those days, where he helped train me as a newbie, and I was his Program Director for many years. But for this outing, John asked me to help set up the group, and be his extra pair of arms for the show. It worked out great, and in the end we got an hour of great radio, 30 minutes of live music, and a chance to stretch my radio wings to even further extremes.
Radio has been one of the most enduring things in my life, and I have come to love every chance I get to participate in broadcasts. Why John and I never worked together is crazy; our shows were back to back for years. I’m just happy we finally managed to make it work, and I really enjoyed the form it took.
You should really give John B’s show a chance. “Hello Cruel World” is in its 10th year, and has been at three different stations (to my knowledge). John’s show is heartfelt, offers music he knows and loves dearly, and carves out a niche in radio that you cannot find anywhere else. The fact that he’s a stand-up gentleman of the highest caliber is just one of the many benefits of knowing him personally.
Most importantly, give it up for The Moonshine, who tore it up at KXRY.
Parting Shot (radio edit) * The Moonshine * The Cuckoo’s Crooked Path (bandcamp, 2016)
Rocket City (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
Can’t See (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
The Cuckoo (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
Depth Perception (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
Hang Me Out (live) * The Moonshine * Hello Cruel World in-studio (XRAY.FM, 2016)
The Magician * Andy Shauf * The Party (ANTI, 2016)
Crush * Lost Lander * Medallion (Glad I Did, 2015)
Monster Love (feat. Ariel Pink) * Soko * My Dreams Dictate My Reality (Because Music, 2015)
San Francisco Patrol * Robyn Hitchcock * The Man Upstairs (Yep Roc, 2014)
Dirge * Perfume Genius * Put Your Back N 2 It (Matador, 2012)
Purple Rain (Prince cover) * Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff * Purple Rain digital single (bandcamp, 2016)
In an effort to offer a new twist on something we all know and love, I bring you the first in a series of VideoZine podcasts, multi-media experiences presented in the lowest-of-tech forms. For our first endeavor, we bring you highlights from a New Year’s Eve Party at Casa De Bang Bang, where they put on a drunken mess of a basement show that was lovingly captured – warts and all – by the Blasphuphmus Radio production team.
Now, you can view this sixty minute film, and relive this incredible evening here and now. We are also presenting it in a number of formats. For those of you who prefer our audio podcasts, we are offering the soundtrack to this film in that format. We also have a YouTube Version available on our Channel therein, and a free iTunes Version available, too. I wanted to offer this film in a number of ways, and there will even be a limited DVD Edition available, too. My hope is that if there is a way you prefer these kinds of shows, I would like to be able to deliver it to you.
To make this film, I essentially had to give myself a crash course in making movies, in my spare time, in addition to bringing you all the regular stuff we’ve been delivering. But now that I am sitting on quite a bit of video, it made sense to find a way to get this stuff out. There will be more films like this in the future, and my goal is to keep them at 60 minutes. (This one clocks in at 60:05.)
And now, enjoy the show.
Happy New Year!: A Blasphuphmus Radio Production Live At Casa De Bang Bang. Hosted by Cheryl. 31 December 2013
Live performances by Empire Rocket Machine, Steak Knife! & Foster Pussy Cat.
Camera Operators: Melanie DeBellis, Isoceles Diego, Barbara Plummer & Austin Rich.
Live Sound Recording by The Bands & Austin Rich.
Produced & Edited by Austin Rich.
In making this film, and lot of material had to be cut to get everything down to sixty minutes. That being said, below are links to uncut performances by all three bands. These links will be available until the remaining content is used elsewhere. In the meantime: Enjoy!
02.) Purple Winos In The Rain * John Callahan * Purple Winos In The Rain
03.) Ignite, Ignite, Goodnight * Holy Ghost Revival * Bleeding Light
04.) Werewolves Of London * Mangolia Electric Co. * Hard To Love A Man
“Eating Solid Foods Since 1981.” Born on a napkin at the Alibi Family Restaurant and Tiki Lounge, The Mayonnaise has run rampant through the streets, stealing ears from our heads and dollars from our wallets with little or no repercussions. But now, Radicchio and Arugula Venn have taken it upon themselves to wage unending battle against the omnipresent Mayonnaise to protect the rest of us from being emulsified into mediocrity. With love, support and musical contributions from the rest of Venn family, they labor day and night so that you may rest assured that the world is, and always will be, a safe and harmonious place to listen. And now, you can do so, here on Live Friday.
Gordon Taylor are four protein-derived life-forms that play songs about science, history and medical oddities. Having only been around a short period of time, they’ve already formed quite a name for themselves with the few blow-out performances they’ve allowed us to witness. An upstanding bunch of young striplings, they wax melodic and rock geodesic. Formed out of the smoldering chunks of Rise Over Run (formerly Lina Alba) and assisted by Johnny-Cat on drums, Gordon Taylor are on their way to taking Portland by storm that will leave you soaked and satisfied as you trudge through our streets. If they were a body part, it’d be the pancreas. A chord? F-sharp. A Max Stop? Ruby Junction… Playing on KPSU? Right now…
For Immediate Release: The Draft Bio! (As Told By Them) Look no further than a biography and you will find the beginning of a series of distractions. We will travel so far as to forget where we are. We imagine that we are where we are not. Our dark city is a kingdom of music. We advertise doubt as disciples of insecurity. We are for sale. We are art thugs with electric weapons, squirming in a gang of noise. We will pretend that we are magic until we become magic. Even a lie can come true when you deliver a believer. Our performance is a reflection of the social meltdown and technological advancement growing in the midst of obsession with convenience and entertainment. We are the music zoo and a spectacle of industry. Our hypocritical nature struggles for senselessness. Your reaction is dictated by your previous behavior and environment. Your accumulated knowledge and pattern of thought will react in a familiar manner to these words. You will try to make some prediction of what we will sound like based on your memories of previous musical events and of these descriptions. We exercise our influences and plagiarize our experiences because without this formality we may never meet. This a confession of guilt and a declaration of participation. There is a fortune in things you can’t touch and undiscovered reasons to feel no better. These words are proof of our existence. Let them be a reference of mutual sentiments.
Ferocious Eagle started two hundred years ago and have just started playing shows within the last fifty years. Their set is really crazy and fast just like a huricane. Eric Jensen plays the drums and such, Jon Andersen plays his guitar since 1996, and Greg Dalbey holds the band back from “really progressing.” Nonetheless, their set is not to be missed for fans of their math metal prowess and their eliptical lyrical content.
To round out the hour, we let the members of the band pick out a handful of tunes by their friends, influences, and side projects. Here’s what they picked:
01.) We Are: Special Forces (Calling All Monsters) *
02.) Handful Of Pennies Standing In The Cold (Yeltsin) *
03.) Aces (Dragging An Ox Through Water) *
04.) Bands [Don’t Want Me To Dance] (The Foxx) *
05.) Hot Night (The Maybe Happening) *
06.) Incredible (Tractor Operator)
No stranger to KPSU, Robert Deeble came in and recorded a live set of music on December 17th, which we’ll be bringing to you today for your pre-Christmas entertainment. “This Bar Has No One Left,” his last album, is an emotional, last call at 2am, a slow burning rock record. Deeble delivers six rhythmic observations of a life gone mad, beautiful and harsh in their portrayals of characters attempting to find solace from a shipwreck filled with sadness, loneliness and addiction. If you needed any evidence that Christmas is the loniliest time of the year, then all you need to do is listen to Deeble’s music to get in the right mindset. Tune in, won’t you? (Note: Due to some sort of editing / recording mixup, this broadcast is a little surreal to listen to. Before you download it, you’ve been warned.)
As part two of my Christmas Gift to the city of Portland, If If, Was Was… joins me at KPSU for some lo-fi rock music the likes of which you’ve never heard before. Slowly making a name for himself around PDX by playing at Billy Rays dive, he has an ear for songcraft that is unique unto itself, while being careful to pay tribute to everything the he, himself, was weened on. But unlike a lot of singer-songwriters on the market these days, he has a sense of humor that gives him an edge; the CD he’s released of home-recorded tracks is entitled, “Another Word For Thesaurus,” and that alone makes it – and his music – quite entertaining. Joining us for this performance are his brother Thomas on drums, and their friend Megan on Violin. Tune in for some fun. (This show aired from 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.)